Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5712C

Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact Email:xenia.girdler@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Wayne Harrington

wayne.harrington@rmit.edu.au

9925 4230

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course specifies the workplace performance required by an individual involved in following work health and safety procedures for direct care work.

The course 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:

CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Element:

Follow procedures and strategies for risk control

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

Identify other hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

Contribute to WHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

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


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.
 


Details of Learning Activities

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

Learning activities have been designed to be holistic and take into account the many and varied aspects of alcohol and other drug work. Therefore, learning in this course will complement and enhance your learning in other courses within the Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drug Use over the year.


Teaching Schedule

DayContent
Tuesday
  • An overview of State legislation regarding Workplace safety
  • An Introduction to Risk identification and reporting
  • An overview of Safety in the workplace
  • An introduction to undertaking a safety audit

 

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.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


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.
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library 
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/


Overview of Assessment

You will be required to complete a series of WHS reporting forms based on a work-related case study. You will also be required to complete one hundred and sixty (160) hours of placement and critique your WHS orientation.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written for written assessments, verbal for verbal assessments or a combination of both.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).


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

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


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Attendance
The major learning experience involves a combination of in-class exercises complimented by practical placement. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback
You will receive feedback verbally for verbal presentations and written for written presentations by teachers on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency.
Student feedback at RMIT :
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration 

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:

  • You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
  • You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
  • You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/info-trek/referencing 

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy – http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations - http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=11jgnnjgg70y 

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com

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