Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: OHTH5476C

Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5222 - Diploma of Management

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robyn Lyons 99259118

Ian Fisher 99259450

Nominal Hours: 60

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

The unit is concerned with establishing, maintaining and evaluating the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in accordance with OHS legal requirements. All those who have (or are likely to have) a management responsibility for OHS should undertake this unit.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace


1.Establish and maintain an Occupational Health and Safety system
2. Establish and maintain participative arrangements for the management of Occupational Health and Safety
3. Establish and maintain procedures for identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks
4 Establish and maintain a quality Occupational Health and Safety management system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Occupational health and safety policies are developed which clearly express the organisation's commitment to implement relevant Occupational Health and Safety legislation in the enterprise
1.2 Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities for all workplace personnel are defined to allow implementation of Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs
1.3 Financial and human resources for the effective operation of the Occupational Health and Safety system are identified and provided
1.4 Information on the Occupational Health and Safety system and its operational procedures is provided and explained to employees
2.1 Participative arrangements are established and maintained with employees and their representatives in accordance with relevant Occupational Health and Safety legislation
2.2 Issues raised through participative arrangements and consultation are dealt with and resolved promptly and effectively in accordance with procedures for issue resolution
2.3 Information about the outcomes of participation and consultation is provided in a manner accessible to employees promptly
3.2 Hazard identification is addressed at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes
3.3 Procedures for selection and implementation of risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control are developed and maintained
3.4 Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified in accordance with the hierarchy of control and resources enabling implementation of new measures are provided promptly
4.1 An Occupational Health and Safety induction and training program is developed and provided for all employees as part of the organisation's training program
4.2 A system for Occupational Health and Safety record keeping is established and maintained to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation
4.3 Measurement and evaluation of the Occupational Health and Safety system is undertaken in line with the organisation's Quality Systems' framework
4.4 Improvements to the Occupational Health and Safety system are developed and implemented to achieve organisational Occupational Health and Safety objectives
4.5 Compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety legislative framework is assessed to ensure that legal Occupational Health and Safety standards are maintained as a minimum

Learning Outcomes

•By he wend of the course you will be able to establish and maintain an OHS system, establish and maintain participative arrangements for the management of OHS, establish and maintain procedures for identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks and establish and maintain a quality OHS management system

Details of Learning Activities

Students will study and learn through tutorials, case studies,group work and prescribed exercises and assessment work,

Teaching Schedule

Workshop Sequence
WorkshopWorkshop dateDiscussion Topics
Introduction Program   
 2nd March   
 Introduction of program 
  • Assessment process 
 • Project work for assessment 
 • Building a portfolio of evidence
Workshop 1 
Manage Self   
 9th March   
Personal work priorities 
• Individual learning styles and preferences 
 • Building and maintaining networks
Workshop 2 
Manage Self   
 16th March   
Workplace relationships 
 • Reflective practice skills 
• Coaching and mentoring
Workshop 3
  Leading and managing 
 3rd March   
Development of  leadership and management within an organisational 
Workshop 4 
Manage Operational plans 30th March   
Develop and managing operational plans                                                                                                                                          Planning and manage resources
Workshop 5 
Manage Operational plans 6th April 
Monitor and review operational performance 
 Reflecting on existing systems
Workshop 6
 Manage Projects 20th April 
Define the proposed project                                                                                                                                       
 Scope & limitations of the project                                                                                                                                         Proposed subject areas
Workshop 7 
Facilitate & capitalise on change27th April 
Planning for change 
 innovative approaches to change
Workshop 8 
4th May
Emergent challenges and opportunities
Workshop 9 
Ensure team effectiveness 
11th May
Group processes                                                                                                                                          Group dynamics                                                                                                                      
Team cohesion
Workshop 10 
Ensure team effectiveness 
18th May
Review & evaluate management of individuals within the team
Workshop 11 
Portfolio review  
25th May
Review and update of Evidence collection
Workshop 12 
 Mid year project review 
1st June
Review and update of project status
Workshop 13 
Manage quality customer service   
8th June
Internal and external customer requirements                                                                                                                                           Quality products and service
Workshop 14 
 Facilitate continuous improvement  
15th June
Improvement systems and processes                                                                                                                                          Develop plans to introduce and facilitate change                                                                                                                                       Manage the workplace to promote continuous improvement
Workshop 15 
6th July 
Establish and maintain systems and procedures                                                                                                                                            Establish participative arrangements for OH&S management
Workshop 16 
13th July 
Establish procedures for identifying hazards                                                                                                                                          Establish and maintain a OH&S management system
Workshop 17 
20th July 
Individual project completions and deadlines
Workshop 18 
Manage projects 
27th July 
Computer workshops
Workshop 19 
Manage projects 
  3rd August    
Computer workshops
Workshop 20 
No planned workshops      
 10th August    
Work on projects and portfolios
Workshop 21 
Project presentation   
14th September

Individual Project Presentations
Workshop 22 
No planned workshops      
26th October
Portfolio submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Management Theory and Practice by Kris Cole



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competence in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they are have an understanding of the principles and practices of effective Occupational Health and Safety management, principles and techniques associated with modelling safe work practices, hazard identification and risk management, plus the knowledge of how to develop and promote a safety culture. Assessment is done by the submission of a portfolio showing competency in work undertaken and application to theory to the work undertaken

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this unit is by the submission of a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates:

- How the Occupational Health and Safety systems and procedures  are established and maintained

- How participative arrangements for OH&S management are established ,undertaken and maintained 

-What procedures are established and maintained for identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks.

Assessment Matrix

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