Course Title: Follow safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5554C

Course Title: Follow safety procedures for direct care work

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4264 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit is specifically designed to cater for safety aspects of work involving delivery of services in aged care, home and community care and disability services
The unit focuses on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCOHS312A Follow safety procedures for direct care work


1.Identify sources of risk to personal safety, assess the level of risk and follow risk minimisation procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1Identify environments, situations and client-related risk factors
1.2Apply practical strategies and organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.3Identify any behaviours of concern in the work context and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.4Identify risks associated with driving and travelling with and without clients and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.5Follow organisation policies and procedures when working in a new or unstable environment


2.Identify manual handling hazards, assess related risk and follow risk minimisation procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1Identify manual handling hazards
2.2Assess the risk using the tools described in the Manual Handling Code of practice (or equivalent) for own State/territory
2.3Apply recognised control measures for manual handling risk, including eliminating manual handling wherever possible
2.4Follow established manual handling procedures and work instructions for minimising manual handling activity/risk


3.Identify sources of infection and apply industry accepted practice to minimise risk of infection to themselves, clients and others

Performance Criteria:

3.1Identify risks of infection
3.2Apply standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection as part of own work routine
3.3Recognise situations when additional infection control procedures are required
3.4Apply additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
3.5Identify other sources of infection for workers


4.Identify other hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

4.1Identify other hazards in the work area during the performance of duties
4.2Assess level of risk
4.3Conduct environmental assessment to identify potential sources of risk to personal safety


5.Follow procedures and strategies for risk control

Performance Criteria:

5.1Report hazards in the work area to designated personnel according to workplace procedures
5.2Follow accurately workplace procedures and work instructions for controlling risks with minimal supervision
5.3Whenever necessary, within the scope of responsibilities and competencies, follow workplace procedures for dealing with incidents, fire and/or hazardous events


6.Contribute to OHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

6.1Describe employee rights and employer obligations regarding consultation on OHS matters
6.2Raise task and/or job specific OHS issues with appropriate people in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant OHS legislative requirements
6.3Contribute to participative arrangements for OHS management in the workplace within organisation procedures and the scope of responsibilities and competencies
6.4Provide feedback to supervisor on hazards in work area in line with organisation OHS policies and procedures
6.5Provide support in implementing procedures to control risks in accordance with organisation procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will be provided with a range of opportunities to enhance and extend your skills, knowledge and attitude in the field of AOD work. Classes are run three days per week. A detailed timetable is also available on the RMIT website. Most classes run for three hours and are facilitated by recognised professionals in the community services sector and RMIT staff. A variety of learning styles are catered for and learning will take place via interactive experiential tasks combined with more didactic theory based exercises. All in-class learning will compliment the practical placement competent of this course where you are required to complete a total of two hundred (200) hours over the course of the year. There will also be two course-related field trips - Arradale psychiatric institution and Dax Collection gallery - scheduled in March. These trips are intended to provide you with important insight into the socio-political and historical context of the community services sector in Victoria.

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s e-learning tool "Blackboard".

Teaching Schedule

DayTime StartTime EndCourseDate
Monday1.30pm4.30pmProvide services to clients with complex needs19/3/2012, 26/3, 2/4, 16/4, 23/4, 30/4, 21/5
 Monday 6pm 9pm Work effectively in the AOD sector
 6/2/2012 - 5/3/2012
 Tuesday 9.30am 12.30pm Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
 21/5/2012 - 11/6/2012
 Tuesday 9.30am 12.30pm work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
 21/5/2012 - 11/6/2012
 Tuesday 1.30pm 4.30pm work effectively in mental health settings
 13/3, 27/3,17/4,24/4, 1/5, 22/5 - 12/6
 Wednesday 9.30am 12.30pm work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
18/4, 2/5, 23/5 - 13/6
 Wednesday 1.30pm
 4.30pm work within legal and ethical framework
 18/4, 2/5, 23/5 - 13/6
 Thursday 9.30am 4.30pm Apply advanced first aid
 9/2, 16/2, 1/3, 8/3

Learning Resources

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Overview of Assessment

This unit forms a major part of the practical placement component of this qualification.  Assessment is undertaken within the practical placement environment.  Students are required to demonstrate their own level of competency during their placement period whcih is then discussed and confirmed with their workplace supervisor and placement coordinator.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task:  Placement manual

Using one of your practical placements -

1.Provide evidence you undertook an OH&S induction as part of your orientation
2.Describe the induction and comment on the effectiveness of it
3.Provide three examples of environmental, situational or client-related risk and describe the procedures in place to minimise these
4.Choose one of the risks identified in question three and describe the organisation’s reporting process

Length: 400 – 600 words
Due Date: Monday 16th April 2012

Assessment Matrix

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