Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

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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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Locate and communicate OHS policies which clearly express the organisation's commitment to implement relevant OHS legislation in the enterprise

1.2 Define OHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel in accordance with OHS policies, procedures and programs

1.3 Identify and approve financial and human resources for the effective operation of the OHS system


2. Establish and maintain participative arrangements for the management of Occupational Health and Safety

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish and maintain participative arrangements with employees and their representatives in accordance with relevant OHS legislation

2.2 Appropriately resolve issues raised through participative arrangements and consultation

2.3 Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation in a manner accessible to employees


3. Establish and maintain procedures for identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks

3.2 Include hazard identification 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 Develop and maintain procedures for selection and implementation of risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control

3.4 Identify inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control and promptly provide resources to enable implementation of new measures

3.5 Identify intervention points for expert OHS advice


4 Establish and maintain a quality Occupational Health and Safety management system

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop and provide an OHS induction and training program for all employees as part of the organisation’s training program

4.2 Utilise system for OHS record keeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation

4.3 Measure and evaluate the OHS system in line with the organisation’s quality systems framework

4.4 Develop and implement improvements to the OHS system to achieve organisational OHS objectives

4.5 Ensure compliance with the OHS legislative framework so that legal OHS 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

TParticipant’s workbook and workshop
You will learn about the underpinning knowledge and theory in a workshop with other participants in the program. The workshop will follow the format outlined in the participant’s workbook. The workshop will include other learning activities such as PowerPoint presentations, lecture, group discussion, group exercises, case studies and questions.

Workplace tasks and project
You will use the workshop and workbook to complete the tasks in the workplace. This will include work you are already performing and a workplace project, and will give you the opportunity to practice and apply underpinning knowledge. You will be expected to refer to the workbook and to the prescribed text. The project will be agreed upon with the company.

Trainer-student sessions

Your work (including your workbook) will be reviewed in one-on-one sessions with the trainer. The trainer will offer guidance and further instruction on specific areas for further study.

Teaching Schedule

In general the course is taught over a number of means:

1Introduction and overview of course. Basics of skills required and course content through workshop.8 hrs
2One on one sessions1 hrs
3Skill development using Workplace tasks towards competency35 hrs
4Record evidence and portfolio8 hrs
5Review portfolio 3 hrs
6Preparation and presentation5 hrs

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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

You will be required to successfully complete the following assessment:
•workplace tasks and project. A portfolio of evidence will be used to collect this information together in one place. Evidence includes workplace and personal documents, feedback from managers and peers, performance reviews and your reports.

Assessment Matrix

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