Course Title: Determine occupational health and safety implications of interior effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OHTH5541C

Course Title: Determine occupational health and safety implications of interior effects

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kieron Meagher

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator  Nancy Everingham

Nominal Hours: 10

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

This unit covers the competency to identify and assess the occupational health and safety (OHS) implications of effects used in interior decoration and design.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4011A Determine occupational health and safety implications of interior effects


1. Identify principles of OHS

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Duty of care and responsibilities of individuals and organisations are defined
1.2. Concepts of hierarchy of control are identified and related to the workplace
1.3. Codes of practice relating to specific workplace risks are identified
1.4. Importance of a systematic approach to OHS is understood
1.5. Applicable legislative, OHS and organisational requirements relevant to interior decoration and design are identified


2. Assess OHS implications for interior decoration and design

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Hazards associated with materials used in interiors are identified
2.2. Hazards associated with effects are identified
2.3. Safety measures implemented to control hazards are identified and implications for interior decoration and design evaluated
2.4. Information resources on safety aspects of materials, effects and technology used in interior decoration and design are identified and accessed
2.5. Furniture and joinery ergonomics are assessed


3. Assess OHS implications for customers

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Range of customers for interior decoration and design are identified and potential hazards for customers determined
3.2. Safety measures implemented to control hazards to customers are identified and implications for decoration and design are evaluated


4. Assess risk

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Likelihood of hazards causing harm is considered and determined
4.2. Consequence if the event should occur is evaluated and determined
4.3. Risk level (likelihood and consequence combined) is considered and determined


5. Apply risk control measures to decoration and design solutions

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Project brief is analysed and potential safety issues identified
5.2. Solutions are evaluated for OHS implications
5.3. Range of options which may eliminate or minimise risks are identified
5.4. Most appropriate treatment for addressing risk is selected and applied to solution

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for the assessment of interior decoration and design effects, including furniture, hard and soft materials and accessories, to determine potential hazards for a range of customer groups.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In Class Activities will include:
• Lectures
• Guest speakers
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction to course and assessment procedure1,2,3,4,5
2OHS factors in hard materials1,2
3OHS factors in building and construction1,2,3
13OHS For Interiors lecture1,2,3,4
14OHS For Interiors Quiz 

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material outlined in the Weekly Outline, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Lecture and class notes, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder

Relevant industry websites and organisations, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the
relevant folder

Overview of Assessment

• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for risk management in an interior decoration and design work environment
• Locate and apply safety information
• Assess safety aspects of interior decoration and design solutions for a range of customers
• Address risks and hazards in interior decoration and design
• Complete a minimum of three risk assessments of interior decoration and design solutions including the determination of required treatments
• Work effectively with others

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Task 1 - OH&S Quiz for Interiors.  Online Quiz to be completed in class time, open book.  Week 14.

RMIT Grade Table

CHD    Competent with High Distinction

CDI    Competent with Distinction

CC    Competent with Credit

CAG    Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC    Not yet competent

DNS    Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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