Course Title: Apply safe working practices

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5235

Course Title: Apply safe working practices

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 20.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Term1 2012

Course Contact: Tim McCarthy and Norman Ireland

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4717

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit encompasses the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) guidelines for occupational health and safety. It describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to maintain a safe work environment for staff, customers and others. It involves observing basic safety and emergency procedures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

SIRXOHS001A Apply safe working practices


1. Observe basic safety procedures.

2. Observe basic emergency procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Required skills:

Interpersonal communication skills to:
*  report unsafe work practices, faulty plant and equipment and incidents and accidents through clear and direct communication
*  share information
*  use and interpret non-verbal communication
*  locating and using safety alarms, fire extinguishers and emergency exits
*  identifying hazardous goods and substances
*  interpreting symbols used for OHS signage
*  storing and using chemicals and hazardous substances
*  handling broken or damaged equipment
*  manual handling procedures
*  using personal protective gear and equipment
*  appropriate waste disposal
*  literacy skills in regard to reading and interpreting instructions
*  numeracy skills in regard to estimating weights, size, quantities and mixtures.

Required knowledge:
*  store policies and procedures, in regard to:
*  OHS and emergency procedures
*  state and territory legislation and regulations
*  rights and responsibilities of designated personnel responsible for health and safety in the workplace
*  relevant industry codes of practice
*  management of OHS, including:
*  communication and consultation processes
*  reporting procedures
*  manual handling procedures
*  interpreting symbols for OHS signage
*  first aid procedures
*  identification of hazards in the workplace, including:
*  managing broken or of faulty equipment
*  storage of dangerous goods and hazardous substances
*  fire, chemical and electrical hazards
*  spills and leakage of materials
*  waste
*  slip, trips and falls
*  controlling risks through the hierarchy of control, including:
*  eliminating hazards
*  isolating hazards
*  use of engineering controls
*  use of administrative controls
*  appropriate use of personal protective clothing.

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following
• applies safe working practices, in all areas of the store, according to OHS legislation and codes of practice
• applies appropriate store policies and procedures and legislative requirements in regard to following basic safety procedures and for reporting faults and problems to relevant person,  department or committee
• identifies hazardous situations and rectifies where appropriate, or reports to the relevant personnel according to store policy and procedures
• reads, interprets and applies manufacturer instructions for storage and use of hazardous goods
• knows store policies and procedures with regard to emergency situations, evacuation, or accident and illness in the store.