Course Title: Maintain workplace WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5762C

Course Title: Maintain workplace WHS processes

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anne Fitzpatrick

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course specifies the workplace performance required by a worker with supervisory responsibilities to maintain organisation work health and safety (WHS) processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes


1) Provide information to the work group

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clearly and accurately explain to the work group relevant provisions of WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Provide information on organisation policies and procedures in a readily accessible manner and clearly explain to the work group
1.3 Explain roles and responsibilities of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Health and Safety Committees (HSCs)
1.4 Provide information to the work group, in an accessible and understandable format, on hazards, the outcomes of risk assessments, and required risk controls


2) Ensure others are able to implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure personal protective equipment appropriate to the work is available and functional
2.2 Implement processes to confirm that others in the work group are following safe work practices, and organisation policies and procedures.
2.3 Identify WHS training needs and either address or report these needs to those with control


3) Implement WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Consult with the work group and provide advice in relation to WHS matters relevant to their work
3.2 Ensure WHS issues raised are dealt with promptly, and in accordance with organisation procedures and legislative requirements, or referred to appropriate personnel
3.3 Record outcomes of consultation regarding WHS and promptly communicate these outcomes to the work group


4) Monitor compliance with work procedures

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check work procedures for availability, clarity and completeness, addressing any deficiencies or reporting them to appropriate persons
4.2 Identify and address any deviations from procedures or report to appropriate persons
4.3 Evaluate hazard identification and reporting processes are for effectiveness and address any deficiencies or report to appropriate persons
4.4 Monitor WHS housekeeping practices to ensure that workplace standards are maintained, and take action to address any deficiencies
4.5 Ensure own behaviour is consistent with organisation and work procedures


5) Implement hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control procedures

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Ensure hazards are identified and eliminated with residual risk reported according to organisation procedures
5.2 Conduct risk assessments
5.3 Develop control measures, taking account of the hierarchy of risk control
5.4 Implement and support outcomes of risk assessments and identified risk controls
5.5 Identify and address and/or report deficiencies in WHS risk controls according to organisation procedures
5.6 Identify personal professional limitations and seek expert advice as required


6) Implement organisation procedures for maintaining WHS records

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Obtain feedback to ensure that workgroup is aware of organisation reporting requirements
6.2 Review WHS records to confirm that they are completed in an accurate, thorough and timely manner in accordance with legislative and organisation requirements
6.3 Use aggregate information and data from records to identify hazards and monitor risk controls


7) Implement emergency procedures

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Obtain feedback to ensure that emergency procedures are available and known by the work group
7.2 Implement processes to ensure that emergency equipment is available and routinely checked for functionality
7.3 Implement processes to ensure that others in the workgroup are able to respond appropriately to emergencies
7.4 Conduct or contribute to investigations to identify cause of emergencies
7.5 Identify and implement or support control measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risk of emergencies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes are scheduled on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. Students will be given readings in preparation for each workshop. Led by industry leaders, these workshops take students through a variety of in-class tasks and scenarios with the intention of extending their current working knowledge of Youth Work practice. The work undertaken in class is invaluable for the assessment tasks.
It is expected that time spent out of the classroom will be dedicated to completing the various assessment tasks listed below.
Students will be expected to make use of the Learning Hub as part of their on-line studies which are part of the course.

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in the August workshop.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Learning activities will take place in a classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercise and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study. In class activities may include:
• Class exercise to review discussion/workshops
• Practical demonstrations
• Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• Seminar presentations
• Workshops
• Peer reaching and class presentations
• Group discussion
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Teacher directed group activities/project

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this course are:
PROJECT USING A PROJECT PRO-FORMA (Project Brief) -To research, implement and report on procedures and practices that will enable the establishment of a project. It involves working with colleagues in groups and teams focusing on the development of a project as a means of building capacity within a defined workplace environment. due April 18
EVIDENCE PORTFOLIO - A compilation of evidence examples of the students’ roles and responsibilities within the youth work program and of work undertaken within their own community/organization. Final due date: Nov
ONLINE QUIZ - A question and answer quiz addressing various WHS issues and scenarios. Available through Blackboard and due Sept 26.

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. The grades are as follows:

  • CA: Competency Achieved
  • NYC: Not Yet Competent
  • DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by the teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7 

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1  

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w  

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n  

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