Course Title: Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Please refer to your student timetable for relevant staff contacts and myRMIT studies.

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 through blended mode some face-to-face classes and online self-directed learning through student use of Blackboard through myRMIT studies.

 

 

WeekWeek CommencingTopics

FULL TIME & PART TIME Assessment

025 Jun 2012

Course requirements
Course support documents
Blackboard


Overview of assessment requirements

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

Activity submissions are submitted as a Portfolio of Evidence for review progressively where indicated below. Refer to myRMIT for Assessment Outline.
12 Jul 2012

Topic 1 The importance of workplace safety 
OHS Case studies

 
29 Jul 2012Topic 1 The importance of workplace safety
OHS Case studies
Submit: Portfolio of Evidence - Activity 1.1
316 Jul 2012Topic 1 The importance of workplace safety
1.2 External information
 
 
423 Jul 2012 Submit: Portfolio of Evidence - Activity 1.2
530 July 2012

STUDENT SELF STUDY
NO FORMAL CLASSES

Topic 2 The Legal Framework
2.1 Laws, regulations & codes of practice

Work on set activities for submission in Week 6
66 Aug 2012Topic 2 The Legal Framework
2.2 Responsibilities of employers & employees
Submit: Portfolio of Evidence - Activity 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
713 Aug 2012

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

Submit: Portfolio of Evidence - Activity 2.5, 2.6, 3.1 & 3.2
820 Aug 2012

Topic 3 Hazards and risks
3.1 Hazards

Topic 4 Hazard identification
4.1 Hazard identification tools
4.2 Safety signs

Submit: Portfolio of Evidence - Activity 4.1 & 4.2
Mid-semester break 27-31 Aug 2012   
93 Sep 2012

Topic 4 Hazard identification
4.1 Hazard identification tools
4.2 Safety signs

Topic 5 Risk assessment
5.1 Risk assessment
5.2 Risk assessment tools

Submit: Portfolio of Evidence - Activity 5.1 & 5.2
1010 Sep 2012Final Course ReviewSubmit: Assignment (Case Study)
1117 Sep 2012Resubmissions/Assessment Feedback & Review 


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.

Assessments

Portfolio of Evidence
Suibmission of activities as indicated on the weekly schedule and refer to the Assessment Outline and Learning Module on myRMIT for details.

Assignment
This main assessment task will be a response to a case study with hazard identification and level of risk refer to the Assessment Outline and Learning Module on myRMIT for details.
 

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. 

 
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.



 


Assessment Matrix

Assessments

Required knowledgeAssessments
• appropriate methods for data collection
• basic principles of incident causation and injury processes
• concepts of risks, factors that affect risk and difference between a hazard and a risk
• consequences and likelihood of risks associated with hazards in the workplace
• formal and informal communication processes
• internal and external sources for OHS information and data
• key personnel in the workplace
• legislative requirements for:
• consultation and communication
• information and data collection
• notification of incidents
• record keeping
• reporting of incidents
• specific hazards
• limitations and subjectivity of generic hazard and risk checklists, and risk ranking processes
• nature of workplace processes and hazards relevant to the workplace
• organisational culture as it impacts on the workgroup
• organisational design and structure
• organisational policies and procedures regarding OHS
• relevant state/territory/commonwealth OHS legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidance material
• types and characteristics of major physical, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear mechanical, psychosocial and environmental hazards which may be present in the workplace
• types of hazard registers.
 

Portfolio of Evidence

Case Study

Required skills 
• research skills to investigate the effectiveness of workplace practices and processes, to review workplace practices, processes and data, and to draw relevant inferences
• literacy skills to prepare summary reports and memos for a range of target groups including:
• employees
• OHS committees
• OHS representatives
• managers
• supervisors
• organisational and time management skills to sequence tasks and meet timelines
• communication skills to contribute effectively on hazard identification risk assessment processes.
 
Portfolio of Evidence

Case Study
 

 

ElementPortfolio of Evidence
(CA/NYC)
Assignment
(Competency Achieved with Grading)
1. Contribute to workplace hazard identificationYESYES
2. Gather information about workplace hazardsYESYES
3. Contribute to OHS risk assessmentYESYES

FINAL GRADES TABLE

CHDCompetency Achieved with High Distinction
CDICompetency Achieved with Distinction
CCCompetency Achieved with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved with Grading
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment

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