Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Walters


Phone: 99258268

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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



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

Performance Criteria:

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



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

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Identify other hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

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


5. Follow procedures and strategies for risk control

Performance Criteria:

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


6. Contribute to WHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

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

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 clustered within the Effective Work practice theme. A large part of the learning in this cluster takes place during the one hundred and sixty (160) hours of practical placement.

Teaching Schedule

An important part of the learning in this course is successful completion of practical placement. You will also undertake 160 hours of practical placement where you will be required to demonstrate the competency required by this course.
The placement component of your program will occur during the moths of June and July. You will be supported in finding a placement applicable to AOD practise and you will also be support during your placement via regular teacher contact.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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: 
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

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 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).

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Course Overview: Access Course Overview