Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5871C

Course Title: Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4359 - Certificate IV in International Trade

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email:timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ian Burns

Sessional Teacher

ian.burns@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.

It applies to individuals with supervisory responsibilities for implementing and monitoring the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs in a work area. These individuals have a broad knowledge of WHS policies and contribute well developed skills in creating solutions to unpredictable problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limited responsibility for the output of others.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

Element:

2. Implement and monitor participation arrangements for managing WHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Communicate to workplace parties the importance of effective consultation mechanisms in managing health and safety risks in the workplace
2.2 Apply consultation procedures to facilitate participation of the work team in managing work area hazards
2.3 Promptly deal with issues raised through consultation, according to organisational consultation procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements
2.4 Promptly record and communicate to the work team the outcomes of consultation over WHS issues
 

Element:

1. Provide information to the work team about WHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Accurately explain to the work team relevant provisions of WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice
1.2 Provide information about the organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs, and ensure it is readily accessible to, and understandable by the work team
1.3 Regularly provide and clearly explain to the work team information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control

Element:

3. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for providing WHS training

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify WHS training needs according to organisational requirements and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements
3.2 Make arrangements to meet WHS training needs of team members in consultation with relevant individuals
3.3 Provide workplace learning opportunities and coaching and mentoring assistance to facilitate team and individual achievement of identified WHS training needs
3.4 Identify and report to management the costs associated with providing training for work team, for inclusion in financial and management plans

Element:

4. Implement and monitor organisational procedures and legal requirements for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and report on hazards in work area according to WHS policies and procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements
4.2 Promptly action team member hazard reports according to organisational procedures and WHS legislative and regulatory requirements
4.3 Implement procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control, according to organisational and WHS legislative requirements
4.4 Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk controls according to hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements
4.5 Monitor outcomes of reports on inadequacies, where appropriate, to ensure a prompt organisational response

Element:

5. Implement and monitor organisational procedures for maintaining WHS records for the team

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Accurately complete and maintain WHS records of incidents of occupational injury and disease in work area, according to WHS policies, procedures and legislative requirements
5.2 Use aggregate information and data from work area records to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area
 


Learning Outcomes


This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in order to meet legislative requirements.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative class room based activities.

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include quizzes, scenario case studies and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice skills in a simulated workplace environment.

Learning Activities include:

  • Industry site visits in possible
  • Industry speakers
  • Interactive learning processes
  • Simulated learning activities to increase skill and confidence in Risk Management


Teaching Schedule

Week   Date    Topic
108/02/2016 Induction and pre-training review
215/02 Introduction to Risk Management of WHS within a Logistics Perspective
322/02 Identifying Risks
429/02 Identifying Risks
507/03 Documenting Risks
614/03 Documenting Risks
722/03 Hazard reporting
804/04 Incident Reporting
911/04 Risk Control Measures
1018/04 Risk Control Measures
   
1125/04  Implementing WHS Risk Control Measures
1202/05 Working with staff to improve WHS practices
1309/05 Implementing training to improve WHS.
1416/05 Reviewing success of WHS Risk Management
1523/05 Reviewing success of WHS Risk Management 
1630/05 Resubmissions and Resits

Week 1 will consist of an induction to the course which will include completion of a pre training review and familiarisation with:

  • Your teacher(s) and other students.
  • Services and facilities
  • Student responsibilities
  • Where to get support
  • Course requirements, key learning outcomes, assessment, feedback and grading.
  • Submission requirements and the resubmission policy
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions and Special Consideration
  • Privacy

OHTH5871C Implement and Monitor a Workplace Health and Safety Program and BUSM7937c Identify risk and apply risk management processes are co-delivered and co-assessed.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM7937C Identify risk & Apply risk management processes

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of final printed documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of software applications

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Performance Evidence

You must provide evidence of the ability to:

  • explain clearly and accurately to work team the relevant work health and safety (WHS) information including:
    - WHS legislative and organisational requirements
    - identified hazards and outcomes of risk assessment and control
  • ensure that the team has access to information about WHS policies, procedures and programs in appropriate structure and language
  • implement and monitor procedures according to organisational and legislative WHS requirements including:
    - consultation and communications to enable team members to participate in managing WHS risks and hazards
    - identifying WHS training needs and providing learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring as appropriate to needs
    - identifying, reporting and taking action on WHS hazards and risks
    - identifying and reporting inadequacies in existing risk controls and monitoring outcomes to ensure a prompt organisational response
    - reporting on the cost of WHS training
    - keeping WHS records
    - analysing aggregate WHS data to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements effectively, you must:

  • outline the legal responsibilities and duties of managers, supervisors, persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) and workers in relation to WHS risk management in the workplace
  • identify key provisions of relevant WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice that apply to the business and outline how they apply in the work area
  • explain organisational policies and procedures relating to hazard identification, risk management, fire, emergency and evacuation, incident investigation and reporting
  • explain the importance of effective consultation mechanisms in managing health and safety risks in the workplace
  • explain how the hierarchy of control applies in the work area.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.


Assessment Tasks

OHTH5871C Implement and Monitor a Workplace Health and Safety Program and BUSM7937c Identify risk and apply risk management processes are co-delivered and co-assessed.

This course has three assessments.  You must fully and successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1
Assessment Task 1 – Verbal Presentation by each student
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 5 in class
Group or Individual: This is an individual assessment

Purpose: A key requirement for this unit is the ability to provide information to the work team about WHS policies and procedures. In many cases you will do this by speaking or presenting to your colleagues. This assessment is designed to assess your ability to do this.

Requirements:
The student is to prepare a verbal presentation of between 5-7 minutes. The presentation will be conducted in class with the teacher and the students: other staff members may be present if available.

Students can use power point or other electronic presentation media, but must not be longer than 5 slides in total including title page.

A summary of the presentation is to be submitted to the teacher in hard copy on the day. This summary is to be a minimum of 1 ½ pages and no longer than 2 pages or 900 words. A template will be supplied to assist the student in collating and organising their assessment material. Students are advised to keep an individual copy of their assessment material.

Students should be sure to effectively introduce themselves prior to presenting.

Details of Assessment:
Broadly, the content of this presentation will be based upon your progress for assessment task three.

It must include the following:
•Name of your report / company – your choice (must be professional)
•Three key aspects of WHS and Risk that you learned so far and how you are going to use these in your final assessment
•Your understanding of the relationship between good workplace health and safety practices and risk management
•Your understanding of two things that you (as a manager) can do to lift Safety performance in a workplace


Assessment 2
Assessment Task 2 – Risk Identification and Mitigation report
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 9 in class. Those students not in class will have to 5.00pm that day to submit an electronic copy of the assessment.
Group or Individual: This assessment will be a compilation of documents developed in class with a brief report included. The content of this assessment will be covered in class and will include:
•Risk assessment document
•Risk assessment matrix
•Other documents from class as directed by the teacher. These may include student quizzes and other materials from class
•A questionnaire that will incorporate questions that will require short bullet point answers

This assessment will be individual

Purpose:
The purpose of this assessment is to generate sufficient evidence for the student to prove their competency against the assessment criteria. Students are required to complete all formal assessment and class activities that will be combined into a body of evidence that will be combined into a portfolio of evidence.
The student will be assessed against the assessment criteria and either a ‘Competent’ or ‘Not yet Competent’ grade will be awarded.
This combination of evidence into a workplace portfolio is for the students’ benefit when presenting evidence to a potential employer and is reflective of information gathering and formation that is required in most professions.

Requirements:
This assessment will be a compilation of documents developed in class with a brief report included. The content of this assessment will be covered in class and will include:
•Risk assessment document
•Risk assessment matrix
•Other documents from class as directed by the teacher. These may include student quizzes and other materials from class
•A questionnaire that will incorporate questions that will require short bullet point answers

This assessment will be individual

 

Details of Assessment:
This assessment requires the evidence from assessment 1 and the collated evidence on class material such as risk assessment and matrix, class quizzes and other materials as directed by the teacher. A template will be supplied to assist the student in collating and organising their assessment material. Students are advised to keep an individual copy of their assessment material.
 
Assessment 3
Assessment Task 3 – Portfolio of Works
Date handed out: Week 4
Date and time due: Week 15: 5.00pm Friday
Group or Individual: Individual Assessment


Purpose:
This portfolio of evidence will be in electronic copy and filed through turnitin. This portfolio of evidence will include all the evidence of your class participation and class exercises and assessment summaries. Throughout the program, we will address the assessment criteria in class.

Requirements:

Assessment Task 3
Assessment Topic: Portfolio if evidence from assessment tasks 1, 2, and 3.
•Assessment task 1 – Presentation
•Assessment task 2 – class evidence and questionnaire
•Assessment task 3 – Collated evidence and report
 


Details of Assessment:
A template will be supplied to assist the student in collating and organising their assessment material. Students are advised to keep an individual copy of their assessment material.
 


Assessment Matrix

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 receive a competency grading.

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 recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

You will be provided with an assessment matrix in the assessments area of the unit blackboard shell.  Generally, your grading will be assessed against how well you demonstrate:

  • Perform the activities as required by the learning elements of this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate the required knowledge for this unit of competency.
  • Execute the required skills for this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate your employability skills through contribution to learning activities related to this assessment, timeliness, use of technology and teamwork.

Final Grades table:

DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction
 

Other Information

Late Submissions

Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form availabile at the following link with your teacher: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. More information on special consideration and how to apply can be found here: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration


Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment
 

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