Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: NURS5122C

Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact : Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99257643

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

City Campus:

Bundoora Campus:

Nominal Hours: 20

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

Nil required.

Course Description

This course describes essential aspects of OHS as they arise in the field of nursing. It also familiarizes learners with the concepts of OHS processes which can be applied across a wide variety of work settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes


1. Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Identify hazards as part of work planning and work process
1.3 Address identified hazards prior to starting work using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities
1.4 Report residual risk according to organisation procedures
1.5 Report incidents and injuries in line with organisation policies and procedures
1.6 Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Monitor own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely and sustainably


2. Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with others, including members of the work group where relevant
2.2 Check the WHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup or other stakeholders in the work context
2.3 If appropriate provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely
2.4 If appropriate support others accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures


3. Contribute to OHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise WHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures within appropriate timeframes
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members or other stakeholders to contribute to workplace safety


4. Contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls within appropriate timeframes
4.2 Check the workplace for hazards using itemised checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures
4.3 Contribute to risk assessments
4.4 Provide input to development and implementation of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of risk control


5. Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and respond to them appropriately
5.2 Take initial action to control/confine emergency according to organisation procedures, and taking account of the nature and scope of the emergency
5.3 Implement emergency response procedures within scope of training and competence

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required to Check the workplace for hazards and risks using an itemised checklist and provide advice and feedback in a constructive and supportive manner on OH&S issues.

Details of Learning Activities

• Lecture
• Scenario
• Facilitated Class Discussion
• Small Group Work
Video: O’Shea “no lift”
Call #AV610.73 082

Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1: Plan & Conduct Work Safely
• Identify & discuss OHS legislation, standards & guidance notes
• Define workplace hazards & discuss strategies to address these within an EN’s scope of practice
• Identify & describe the processes, including documentation of workplace incidents & injuries
• Identify & describe strategies to update & maintain own knowledge of OHS issues
• Identify & describe strategies to manage own levels of stress & fatigue

Lesson 2:  Support others in working safely

• Identify & describe strategies to share information about safe work practices
• Identify & describe strategies to support monitor OHS of lesser experienced members of the workgroup
• Identify & describe strategies to provide guidance to lesser experienced members of the workgroup to work safely
• Identify & describe to support members of the work group to record incidents & associated workplace documentation

Lesson 3:  Contribute to OHS participative processes -Contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment & risk control
• Identify & describe the roles & responsibilities of OHS representatives & committees
• Identify & discuss how the EN can contribute to workplace meetings, inspections & other activities to improve safety
• Identify & describe the EN’s roles & responsibilities in conducting workplace risk assessments
• Identify & describe strategies to develop & implement control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of control

Lesson 4:  Emergency Procedures

• Define & discuss responses to first aid emergencies, including
- primary survey
- secondary survey
- the role of the workplace first aide officer
• Identify & describe hospital emergency codes
• Identify & discuss the EN’s roles & responsibilities in clinical emergencies
• Identify & discuss how to respond to emergencies at RMIT

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text for this course


Recommended reading:
RMIT Contribute to OHS processes Workbook
RMIT Contribute to OHS processes Learner guide  

Other Resources

All classroom powerpoints will be posted in the student Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assignment, Practical assessment, Observation and assessment in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks will be discussed in first lesson of this course

All assessment need to have a competency grade to be deemed competent for this course

Course needs to have a competent grade to be eligble to go on first clinical placement

Assessment Matrix

Competent or Not Yet Competent for all assessments in this course

Other Information

Essential knowledge:
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes knowledge of:
• Basic hazard identification procedures such as workplace inspections and review of workplace data
• Hierarchy of risk control and its application
• Nature of common workplace hazards relevant to work role
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements including use, storage and maintenance
• Principles of basic risk assessment
• Relationship between WHS and sustainability in the workplace, including the contribution of maintaining health and safety to environmental, economic, workforce and social sustainability
• Roles and responsibilities of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Health and Safety committees (HSCs)
• Roles and responsibilities of workers, officers and Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs)
• Safety signs and their meanings, including signs for:
• dangerous goods class signs
• emergency equipment
• personal protective equipment
• specific hazards such as sharps, radiation
• Sources of WHS information within the workplace and awareness of external sources of WHS information, including Safe Work Australia and relevant state/territory regulators
• Standard emergency signals, alarms and required responses
• The difference between hazard and risk
• The legal rights and responsibilities of the workplace parties
• Workplace specific information including:
• hazards of the particular work environment
• hazard identification procedures relevant to the hazards in their workplace
• designated person(s) for raising WHS issues
• organisation and work procedures particularly those related to performance of own work, specific hazards and risk control, reporting of hazards, incidents and injuries and WHS issue resolution, consultation, use of PPE and emergency response
• potential emergency situations, alarms and signals and required response

Essential skills:
It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to
• Contribute to WHS processes in the work context by:
• addressing their own health and safety
• addressing health and safety of others who may be affected by their actions
• identifying ways to keep up to date with current WHS issues as they apply to workplace systems, equipment and processes
• supporting members of the workgroup who may be less experienced in the workplace in regard to WHS matters
• taking initiative to address hazards and manage risks at a systemic level

In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes the ability to:
• Check the workplace for hazards and risks using an itemised checklist
• Provide advice and feedback in a constructive and supportive manner
• Take into account and use opportunities to address waste minimisation, environmental responsibility and sustainable practice issues

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