Course Title: Follow occupational health and safety procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5593C

Course Title: Follow occupational health and safety procedures

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Rowan Humphrey
+61 3 9925 4842

Nominal Hours: 10

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

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to follow OHS policies and procedures in the entertainment and media industries.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures


1. Follow safe work practices.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of safe work practices to complete work tasks in accordance with legislative requirements and codes of practice
1.2 Adhere to safety plans, safety implementation reports and other documentation as required
1.3 Use tools, equipment and materials according to enterprise procedures
1.4 Complete work tasks with due regard to safety signs and symbols
1.5 Comply with duty of care requirements
1.6 Participate in OHS communication and reporting processes


2. Maintain personal safety standards.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use safety clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) as required to ensure own safety and safety of others
2.2 Undertake measures to prevent injury or impairment related to workplace activities
2.3 Apply safe manual-handling techniques to avoid back strain and other injuries
2.4 Contribute to keeping the work environment free of hazards
2.5 Maintain currency of own knowledge of OHS workplace policies and procedures


3. Assess risks.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Report hazards or OHS issues in the workplace to relevant personnel
3.2 Apply knowledge of principles of risk management when taking action to minimise risk in line with own level of responsibility
3.4 Follow workplace procedures for controlling risks
3.5 Contribute to workplace OHS, hazard, accident and incident reports as required
3.6 Report breaches of health, safety and security procedures promptly as required


4. Follow emergency procedures.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report emergency or incident promptly to relevant personnel or authorities in line with general procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies
4.2 Take action to deal with emergencies in line with own level of responsibility
4.3 Seek assistance from colleagues and relevant authorities as required
4.4 Practice and follow emergency and evacuation procedures as required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to follow safety procedures, work safely within your workplace, implement work place safety requirements and participate in OH & S consultative practices.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• group discussion
• demonstrations

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources 

WeekClass ContentAssessment
1Focus: Course overview, introduction to the course guide, resources, assessment tasks and expectations.
Includes: Lecture on Work Safe Victoria, OHS/WHS legislation, following safe work practices, maintaining personal saftey standards and how to find resources for assessing risks in the film, Television and entertainment industries. Why a studio might be considered a building site.

Focus: Workplace procedures and legalities (OHS reps, Work Cover, Incident reports). Includes a discussion on OHS workplace inductions and the licences required by workers in our industry.
Includes: Lecture and group discussion. Reinforcing safe work practices and personal safety with reference to practices followed by Networks and providers of Outside broadcast operations.

Manual-handling techniques, working with power/cables, noise exposure, working at height, working for long periods and the legalities/awards/enterprise agreements around these working conditions.

Folllowing emergency procedures.

3 Application of OH & S in a simulated production. Safe Work Method Statements - Assessing Risks in production of Live television. Production of ’Photostory board’. Over three weeks work in a variety of roles following OH & S procedures with an emphasis on maintaining personal safety standards Task 1 of 2
4 As for week 3. Task 1 of 2
5 As for week 3 plus, Safe Work Method Statements - Assessing Risks in production of Live television modifying for specific departments. Task 1 of 2
6 In simulated work environment demonstrate adherence to safe work practices during production of ’Newsline’. Work in general crewing roles as well as one of FM, TD, LD and AD following SWMS relevant to assigned role. Task 2 of 2
7 As for week 6 Task 2 of 2
8 As for week 6 Task 2 of 2



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the relevant URL links, guides and references in the course Blackboard site and World Wide Web.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching about OH&S.

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes and productions to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer with word and excel type programs, if you have access to one

Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects of assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit are:
Comply with OHS regulations and federal, state or territory legislation requirements for workplace operations, including duty of care
Comply with OHS communication processes, information and documentation procedures
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of OHS committees and representatives, the meaning of common safety signs and symbols, and procedures for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries
Communicate and work safely with others
Follow general procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including evacuation, first aid, fire safety equipment and PPE
Explain the consequences of non-compliance with OHS policies and procedures.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.


1. Demonstrate an understanding of following safe work practices and maintaining personal safety standards by producing a personal generic Safe work Methods Statement at the production of ’Photo storyboard’ productions in weeks 3, 4 and 5 of this course (VET weeks 6,7 & 8) and following its guidelines in a variety of job roles.

2. Demonstrate your application of OHS knowledge and skills in ’Newsline’ project in the roles of FM, LD, TD and AD. To be assessed in weeks 6,7 & 8 (VET weeks 13, 14, & 15 of Semester 1.)
The grades in this unit are as follows:

CA   Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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