Course Title: Implement and monitor OH&S in the workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5451C

Course Title: Implement and monitor OH&S in the workplace

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

Course Contact

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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

This course has no prerequisites however students will be expected to undetake OHS inductions in practical workshops offered in the Diploma

Course Description

This unit applies to implementing and monitoring OHS policies and procedures within a work area where discretion and judgement may be required, for both self and others, in planning and selecting processes, procedures or outcomes. Work may be conducted in a variety of environments such as:
• operational workplace activities
• restricted spaces
• hazardous, controlled or exposed conditions
• day or night operations

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTGN4010A Implement and monitor OH&S in the workplace


1. Provide information to the work group about OHS policies, procedures and programs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant provisions of OHS legislation and codes of practice are accurately and clearly explained to the work group
1.2 Information on workplace OHS policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner, and is accurately and clearly explained to the work group
1.3 Information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and risk control procedures is regularly provided, and is accurately and clearly explained to the work group


2. Implement and monitor participative arrangements for the management of OHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workplace practices for consultation over OHS issues are implemented and monitored to ensure that all members of the work group have the opportunity to contribute
2.2 Issues raised through consultation are dealt with and resolved promptly or referred to the appropriate personnel for resolution in accordance with workplace practices
2.3 The outcomes of consultation over OHS issues are made known to the work group promptly


3. Implement and monitor the workplace practices for identifying hazards and assessing risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existing and potential hazards in the work area are identified and reported so that risk assessment and risk control procedures can be applied


4. Implement and monitor the workplace practices for controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work procedures to control risks are implemented and adherence to them by the work group is monitored in accordance with OHS practices
4.2 Existing risk control measures are monitored and results reported regularly in accordance with workplace practices
4.3 Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified in accordance with the hierarchy of control and reported to designated personnel
4.4 Inadequacies in resource allocation for implementation of risk control measures are identified and reported to designated personnel


5. Implement and monitor the workplace practices for dealing with hazardous events

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Workplace procedures for dealing with hazardous events are implemented whenever necessary to ensure that prompt control action is taken
5.2 Hazardous events are investigated to identify their cause in accordance with investigation procedures
5.3 Control measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risks of hazardous events are implemented based on the hierarchy of control (if within scope of responsibilities and competencies) or referred to designated personnel for implementation


6. Implement and monitor the workplace practices for providing OHS training

Performance Criteria:

6.1 OHS training needs are identified accurately, specifying gaps between OHS competencies required and those held by work group members
6.2 Arrangements are made for fulfilling identified OHS training needs in both on and off the job training programs in consultation with relevant parties


7. Implement and monitor the workplace practices for maintaining OHS records

Performance Criteria:

7.1 OHS records for work area are accurately and legibly completed in accordance with workplace and legal requirements
7.2 Aggregate information from area OHS records is used to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures within work area, according to workplace practices

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrates skills to:

• analyse the work environment in order to identify hazards, assess risks and judge when intervention to control risks is necessary
• analyse relevant workplace data to identify hazards, assess risks and evaluate the effectiveness of risk control measures
• assess the resources needed to apply different risk control measures and make recommendations to management on that basis
• read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions and other reference material
• maintain accurate records
• communicate within the workplace
• sequence operations
• meet specifications
• clarify and check task-related information
• carry out work according to OHS practices

Details of Learning Activities

Navigating the RMIT website to become familiar with health and safety policies and procedures that relate to students’ working environment

Analysis of risk assessments and Material Safety Data Sheets

In groups students will develop their own OH&S quiz, using the internet, MSDS, Library resources and literature available in class

Students will undertake a risk assessment in a studio, classroom or workplace and write a brief report on findings

Details of Learning activities and assessment tasks will be provided in class

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:  What is OH&S? Why is it important? Introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, policies and procedures, codes of practise, rights and responsibilities. 

Class discussion . Navigation of RMIT website and OHS policies that may impact on practise.

Week 2:  Implement and monitor systems in the workplace for controlling risks.

What is Risk Assessment  - Analysing  risk assessment forms and material safety data sheets, how are they used and interpreted, the role they play identifying and minimising risks or hazardous events.

Week 3:  OH&S quiz.. In small groups develop a quiz that is relevant to your workspace. It can include manual handling, chemical safety, work environment, eg noise, slips, temperature, machine safety, policies and safe working instructions.

Week 4: Students to undertake a risk assessment.

Students are expected to implement  their understanding of OHS in every scheduled class session .

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Officewise - a guide to health & Safety in the office /worksafe booklet.


Consultation on health and safety - A handbook for workplaces / Worksafe booklet.
Code of Practice - Hazardous Substances , workcover booklet.

Other Resources

Worksafe Victoria

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests.

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Quiz-

In groups students will develop an OH&S quiz. The quiz can cover the areas of hazards, chemicals, manual handling, work environment or other health and safety policies and procedures. 

Assessment Task 2: Risk Assessment  

In small groups students will undertake a risk assessment in a studio, classroom or workplace.  You will be provided with an actual risk assessment form and your report should provide background information about the area, including its general use or uses, how many users access the space at any one time, location, general layout, this may include a map or floor plan.

Please note this unit is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent. Both assessment tasks must be completed at a satisfactory level to receive a competent grade.

Assessment Matrix

assessmentelement taskelement 1element 2element 3element 4element 5element 6element 7
Quiz x x x x x x


Risk assessment x x x x x x x

Other Information

This course is offered in intensive mode. It is essential that you attend all sessions to successfully complete the  course .

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