Course Title: Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5630C

Course Title: Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4296 - Certificate IV in Accounting

Course Contact : Callie Harvey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255772

Course Contact Email:callie.harvey@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course prepartion by Miranda Bryant
miranda.bryant@rmit.edu.au

Refer to Staff Contacts on course Blackboard through myRMIT Studiesfor individual group teachers for this online unit.

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

Nil.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to contribute to occupational health and safety (OHS) hazard identification and risk assessment to promote the maintenance of OHS in the workplace. It includes determining relevant legislation and contributing to any actions to ensure compliance with OHS legislation, codes and standards. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.




 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS303B Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment

Element:

1. Contribute to workplace hazard identification
2. Gather information about workplace hazards
3. Contribute to OHS risk assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Contribute to the selection of hazard identification tools, techniques, processes and methods suitable for the workplace
1.2. Access hazard identification tools, techniques processes and methods to identify hazards in the workplace
1.3. Recognise hazards in the workplace, report these hazards to designated personnel and record them in accordance with workplace procedures
1.4. Provide information and assistance to persons conducting workplace inspections or testing

2.1. Research, collect and record information about OHS hazards and their associated risks
2.2. Seek additional information, expertise or specialist advice from within or external to the workplace when limit of own skills and knowledge is reached
2.3. Conduct a workplace inspection to collect further information about OHS hazards and associated risks if required
2.4. Contribute to the support of OHS practitioners and employees in accessing workplace sources of information and data regarding hazard identification
2.5. Contribute to the support of OHS practitioners and employees accessing external sources of information and data related to hazard identification, where required

3.1. Use appropriate risk assessment tools to contribute to risk assessment
3.2. Identify, categorise and assess risk factors as a contribution to overall risk assessment
3.3. Seek additional information, expertise, or specialist advice to investigate the likelihood and consequence of identified risks
3.4. Document outcomes of the risk assessment process in a risk register


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities. The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to discussion threads and activities. The weekly activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities. This course has been designed to be delivered fully online through student use of their Blackboard through myRMIT studies.

 

 

WeekWeek CommencingTopics

Assessment

Includes Discussion Board small activities and main assessment tasks for grading

16th Feb• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements including Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
 
213th Feb

 

Topic 1 The importance of workplace safety
1.1 What is workplace safety?

 
320th Feb

Topic 1 The importance of workplace safety 
OHS Case studies

Submit: Activity 1.1 OHS case studies
427th FebTopic 1 The importance of workplace safety
1.2 External information
Submit: Activity 1.2 External sources of information on OHS
55th MarchTopic 2 The Legal Framework
2.1 Laws, regulations & codes of practice
Submit: Activity 2.1 The new Australian legislation
612th March (Monday, Labour Day)Topic 2 The Legal Framework
2.2 Responsibilities of employers & employees
Submit: Activity 2.2 Rights and responsibilities & 2.3 Duty of care
719th March

Topic 2 The Legal Framework
2.3 Organisational policies & procedures
2.4 Duty of care
2.5 Workplace culture
2.6 Communication & consultation

Submit: Activity 2.4 Best practice case study and Activity: 2.6 Communication & consultation
826th MarchTopic 3 Hazards and risks
3.1 Hazards
Submit: Assessment 1, Case Study
92nd AprilTopic 3 Hazards and risks
3.2 Risks
 
Mid-semester break (5 April to 11 April)   
99th AprilTopic 3 Hazards and risks
3.2 Risks
 
1016th AprilTopic 4 Hazard identification
4.1 Hazard identification tools
 
1123rd AprilTopic 4 Hazard identification
4.1 Hazard identification tools
 
1230th AprilTopic 4 Hazard identification
4.2 Safety signs
 
137th MayTopic 5 Risk assessment
5.1 Risk assessment
 
1414th MayTopic 5 Risk assessment
5.2 Risk assessment tools
 
1521st MayFinal course reviewSubmit: Assessment 2 (includes Activity 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)
1628th MayAssessment Feedback 
174th JuneRe-submission where required and Special Consideration 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Worksafe

OH&S click for link

General information click for link

 

RMIT Health & Safety

Click for link


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical tests, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

 


Assessment Tasks

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
• collection of information about workplace hazards and contribution to the identification of hazards in a workplace
• contribution to a risk assessment for hazards identified in the workplace
• knowledge of relevant state/territory/ commonwealth OHS legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidance material.

You are required to complete 2 tasks. You must successfully complete all of the 2 tasks and weekly activities to be deemed competent in this unit.


Assessment 1 Analysis of a case study (Due End of Week 8)

This assessment task assesses your ability to apply knowledge of the legal framework of occupational health and safety to a case study and use external sources of information on OHS.

You will demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state/territory/ commonwealth OHS legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidance material to a workplace situation. This is a critical aspect of assessment for this course.

Read the case study on bullying and then answer the questions. You will also need to refer to topics 1 & 2.

1. Why do we have OHS legislation?
2. According to the legislation, what should a business have in place to ensure a safe and healthy workplace?
3. Using the Australian Government ComCare “Bullying in the workplace” document (http://info.anu.edu.au/hr/assets/About_HR/bullying.pdf):
     a. Define bullying.
     b. Give three examples of behaviour that could be defined as bullying.
     c. Referring to the case study, explain how the worker/team leader was bullied.
     d. Why is bullying an OHS issue?
     e. Name the legislation that applies to bullying.
4. Define “duty of care”.
5. Referring to the case study, explain what the line manager of the worker/team leader should have done as part of his duty of care.
6. What OHS legal responsibilities did the employer in the case study neglect?
7. Imagine that you are an employee in the case study organisation and a colleague of the worker/team leader.
    a. What is your legal responsibility in this case?
    b. What action could you take to fulfil your duty of care?
8. What were the legal consequences of the case for the employer?
9. Read the section in the ComCare document on “Effective Communication through Consultation” (beginning page 14). What communication and consultation strategies should the case study employer put in place to address the problem they have?

Assessment 2 Hazard identification and risk assessment (Due End of Week 15)

This assessment assesses your ability to:

• Contribute to workplace hazard identification
• Gather information about workplace hazards
• Contribute to OHS risk assessment.


You are to submit your answers to the following activities:

Activity 3.2 The difference between a hazard and a risk

In this activity you identified hazards and their associated risks and demonstrated an understanding of the difference between a hazard and a risk. You also showed that you were familiar with the ways in which hazards are classified in to types.

Activity 4.2 Identifying ergonomic hazards and associated risks.

In this activity you have collected information about workplace hazards and identified of hazards in workplace, specifically hazards associated with workstations

Activity 5.1 Assessing risk using a risk assessment matrix

In this activity you have conducted a risk assessment for hazards in a workplace of your choice using a risk assessment tool, in this case a risk assessment matrix.

This assessment task assesses your ability to apply knowledge of the legal framework of occupational health and safety to a case study and use external sources of information on OHS. You will demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state/territory/ commonwealth OHS legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidance material to a workplace situation. This is a critical aspect of assessment for this course. Read the case study on bullying and then answer the questions. You will also need to refer to topics 1 & 2. 1. Why do we have OHS legislation? 2. According to the legislation, what should a business have in place to ensure a safe and healthy workplace? 3. Using the Australian Government ComCare “Bullying in the workplace” document (http://info.anu.edu.au/hr/assets/About_HR/bullying.pdf):      a. Define bullying.      b. Give three examples of behaviour that could be defined as bullying.      c. Referring to the case study, explain how the worker/team leader was bullied.      d. Why is bullying an OHS issue?      e. Name the legislation that applies to bullying. 4. Define “duty of care”. 5. Referring to the case study, explain what the line manager of the worker/team leader should have done as part of his duty of care. 6. What OHS legal responsibilities did the employer in the case study neglect? 7. Imagine that you are an employee in the case study organisation and a colleague of the worker/team leader.     a. What is your legal responsibility in this case?     b. What action could you take to fulfil your duty of care? 8. What were the legal consequences of the case for the employer? 9. Read the section in the ComCare document on “Effective Communication through Consultation” (beginning page 14). What communication and consultation strategies should the case study employer put in place to address the problem they have? This assessment assesses your ability to: • Contribute to workplace hazard identification • Gather information about workplace hazards • Contribute to OHS risk assessment. Activity 3.2 The difference between a hazard and a risk Activity 4.2 Identifying ergonomic hazards and associated risks. Activity 5.1 Assessing risk using a risk assessment matrix

Submission Requirements
Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available from the Student forms website.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Jill Bloggs 324567 Assessment OHTH5630C Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment, Page 1 of 10.

 

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying. You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you pass that unit of competency.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognised against industry standards and employability skills.

 

The grading is according to the following criteria:

1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment.

2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in OHS hazard identification and risk assessment. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable OHS legislative requirements in all the assessment tasks.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in when identifying or being presented with hazards in the workplace and how to determine the level of risk for each case.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT

We expect to see ongoing uploading of task and participation in Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.

5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions where directed. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment.


You will receive one of the following final grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded 
 
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.




Assessment Matrix

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