Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5689C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4313 - Certificate IV in Community Development

Course Contact : Julian Silverman

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4578

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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 describes the knowledge and skills required to contribute to Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


Contribute to WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise WHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities in a constructive manner to improve safety
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members to contribute to workplace safety
3.4 Apply knowledge of roles and responsibilities of WHS representatives and WHS committees


Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls
4.2 Check the workplace for hazards using itemised checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures
4.3 Contribute to risk assessments
4.4 Provide input to development and implementation of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of control


Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant provisions of WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Identify hazards as part of work planning and work process
1.3 Address identified hazards prior to starting work using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities
1.4 Report residual risk according to organisation procedures
1.5 Report incidents and injuries in line with organisation policies and procedures
1.6 Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Maintain and update own knowledge of WHS issues as they apply to workplace systems, equipment and processes
1.8 Manage own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely


Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with members of the work group
2.2 Check the WHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup
2.3 Provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely
2.4 Support members of the workgroup to accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

You will attend an all-day workshop in which you will participate in activities including role-plays, discussions and presentations related to engaging communities in the community development process as part of specific initiatives. You will be presented with information relating to the central themes of the unit including theories and skills relating to effectively working with individuals and the community to promote their participation in new and existing community projects. Self-directed study activities to be completed outside of the workshop include planning and conducting work safety processes while supporting others to work in a way that minimises all possible health and safety risks.

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.


Elective Unit 3Class ContentLearning Elements
Contribute to WHS processesThis workshop will include presentations from staff and class discussions and will enable students to identify workplace hazards and work as part of a team to manage workplace and community safety.1. Plan and conduct work safety
2. Support others in working safely
3. Contribute to WHS participative processes
4. Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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 to the library resources.


Other Resources

You will be issued a reading kit that includes links to relevant web resources upon commencement of this course. It will contain articles and instructional materials that relate to this workshop and it will be developed in consultation with industry experts in the community development sector.

Web links for this workshop:
Community Sector Worksafe
Guidelines for Managing OHS&W - Health Safety and Welfare, for Home and Community Workers, SA Safer Industries

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Self and Supervisor Assessment
- Simulation

Assessment Tasks

In order to demonstrate competence in this course you will need to satisfactorily complete the following assessment tasks:

Self and Supervisor Assessment
You and your supervisor will be asked to evaluate your ability to effectively conform to workplace health and safety procedures both within your workplace and as part of your community development project activities away from the workplace. In particular you will be assessed on your ability to describe how you are able to plan and conduct safe workplace activities, including identifying and managing hazards and how you are able to support community members and colleagues to work safely as part of your project.

As part of the workshop you will engage in a hypothetical scenario in which you will engage in a role-play that will take place in a community setting such as a beach or a park. You will be asked to identify a range of behavioural and environmental hazards and demonstrate how you are able to support community members and colleagues to work safely to avoid the risks associated with these hazards.

Assessment Matrix

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