Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: OHTH5592C

Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Swati Dave

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5811

Course Contact Email:swati.dave@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact:  Hisham Attia
Course Contact Email:  hisham.attia@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s occupational health and safety (OHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area in accordance with OHS legal requirements.

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom based and self-paced learning activities.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace

Element:

2. Establish and maintain participative arrangements for the management of OHS

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

 

Element:

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 approaches

Element:

4. Establish and maintain a quality OHS 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

Element:

1. Establish and maintain an OHS 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


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include tutorial sessions on a variety of topics as shown in the Teaching Schedule below, projects plus out-of-class research and homework. A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.
The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion and individual research work.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

 


Teaching Schedule


The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
 

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessmentCompetencies Delivered 
025th Jun 2012

Pre-training review:
• RPL
• LLN as required

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

Introduction
BSBSUS509A OHTH 5592C
•Introduction to course material, administration & assessments.
•Introduction to OH&S and the purpose of a policy
BSBOHS501A BUSM 6394C
•Introduction to course material, administration & assessments.
•Introduction to Sustainability, purpose and objectives
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Discussion
BSBSUS509A OHTH 5592C
HANDOUT: Pre assessment “Report Specs”


BSBSUS501A BUSM 6394C
HANDOUT: Assessment Task 1:
“Understanding Resource Usage”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSBOHS509A

 

 

BSBSUS501A


 

12nd Jul 2012•Definition of a ‘Hazard’
•Major causes of injuries

•Introduction to workplace policy development
Scope and resources definition (Part 1)
 

Class discussion


BSBSUS501A BUSM 6394C
DUE Assessment Task1:
“Understanding Resource Usage”
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

29th Jul 2012•Type of hazards at different workplaces
•Introduction to Health & Safety reporting


•Development of workplace policy
Scope and resources (Part 2)
 

BSBSUS509A OHTH 5592C
DUE: Pre assessment
“Report Specs”

Presentation & Discussion
Group activity
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

316th Jul 2012•Group task: Role play of Health & Safety Representative
•Inspection and documenting OH&S matter

Development of strategy for resource use minimisation
 

 BSBSUS509A OHTH 5592C
HANDOUT: Assessment Task 1: “OHS Auditor Report”

BSBSUS501A BUSM 6394C
HANDOUT: Assessment Task 1 “Workplace Sustainability Policy” (Part 1)

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

423rd Jul 2012•Group task: Finalising “Auditor” report on OH&S

 

•Integration of sustainability policy as part of the business plan
•Case Study: Apple Environmental Footprint in 2011
 

BSBOHS509A OHTH 5592C
DUE: Assessment Task 1
“OHS Auditor Report”


Group activity
Discussion & Analysis
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

530th Jul 2012STUDENT STUDY WEEKNo classes / SAB open 
66th Aug 2012•Introduction to Emergency Medical & Fire Scenarios
•Group task: Develop an emergency procedure

•Gap Analysis
•Development of a policy implementation plan
 

BSBOHS509A OHTH 5592C
HANDOUT: Assessment Task 2:
“Emergency Procedure”
Class time to finalise group task


Class Discussion
Group activity
 

BSBOHS509A

 

 

BSBSUS501A

713th Aug 2012•Finalising emergency procedure

 


•Consolidation of the workplace sustainability policy - Part 1
 

BSBOHS509A OHTH 5592C
DUE: Assessment Task 2:
“Emergency Procedure”


Group activity
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

820th Aug 2012•OH&S and the Law
•Acts, regulations and codes


•Workplace Sustainability Policy
 

Class discussion


BSBSUS501A BUSM 6394C
DUE: Assessment Task 1 “Workplace Sustainability Policy” (Part 1)
 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

MID-SEMESTER BREAK (27th Aug - 31st Aug 2012)
93rd Sep 2012•OH&S responsibilities across an organisation
•OH&S penalties
•Promotion of workplace sustainability policy
•Assigning roles & responsibilities during implementation phase
 
Class discussion


BSBSUS501A BUSM 6394C
HANDOUT: Assessment Task 2 “Workplace Sustainability Policy” (Part 2&3)
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

1010th Sep 2012•What is an OH&S system
•Purpose of the system

•Development of a continuous improvement system
•Life Cycle Management
 

Class discussion

 

Class Discussion
Group activity
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

1117th Sep 2012•Group task: Development of an OH&S system
•Develop as a Website or blog

•Group task: Development of a continuous improvement system
•Life Cycle Management
 

BSBOHS509A OHTH 5592C
HANDOUT: Assessment Task 3:
“Development of OHS System”
Class time to finalise group task

 

Class Discussion
Group activity
 

BSBOHS509A

 

BSBSUS501A

1224th Sep 2012•Group task: Development of an OH&S system
•Develop as a Website or blog

•Development of communication strategy to promote sustainability
 

Class time to finalise group task

 

Class time to finalise group task
 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

131st Oct 2012•Group task: Development of an OH&S system
•Develop as a Website or blog

•Group Task: Development of communication strategy to promote sustainability
 

Class time to finalise group task

 

Class time to finalise group task
 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

148th Oct 2012•Finalising OH&S system

•Finalising Sustainability policy
 

Class time to finalise group task

Class time to finalise group task
 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

1515th Oct 2012•OHS System Presentations


•Workplace sustainability policy continued
 

BSBOHS509A OHTH 5592C
DUE: Assessment Task 3:
“Development of OHS System”

BSBSUS501A BUSM 6394C
DUE: Assessment Task 2 “Workplace Sustainability Policy” (Part 2&3)
 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

 1622nd Oct 2012Feedback and ReviewSummary of lessons learnedBSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

1729th Oct 2012Re-submission of work if required for both competencies. BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no precsribed textbook fo this course.


References

Materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites which will be indicated.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Assessment Tasks

 

You are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

 

All files must be created individually and submitted or demonstrated to your teacher. Work should be demonstrated either on the day the exercise is completed, or at the beginning of the next class, as per the Teaching Schedule. You will be expected to retain soft copies of any documents submitted. In some cases printouts may be required.

TASK 1 – Report Specification (Due Date: 9th of Jul 2012 – Week 2)

In this task you will develop the anatomical structure of a typical OH&S report and create a template for your OHS audit of the workplace. This template should include a sequence number, a hazard description, a severity level, who potentially will be affected and a possible resolution. You need to review your template with your teacher prior commencing to assessment task 2.


TASK 2 – Conduct an OHS audit of the workplace (Due Date: 6th of Aug 2012 – Week 6)

Using the report template developed in assessment task 1 you will conduct an OHS audit at RMIT to ensure that RMIT is a safe workplace. You will need to identify hazards that RMIT has addressed and yet to address. In your audit report you will need to highlight these items and discuss their severity level, who potentially could be affected and how these hazards can be addressed. You should visually document the hazards using your camera to prove the severity of the hazards. Your report will be presented in class for further discussion.


TASK 3 – Develop an OHS system as a website or a blog (Due Date: 15th of Oct 2012 – Week 15)

Based on the data you already acquired in your previous audit, you are now required to develop a website or a blog in which you make recommendation for a safe work place. The website/blog should also function as a repository to register and document hazards and respective recommendations. Your website will be reviewed by your teacher before submitting it. This is a group assignment.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.

Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.


Marking Guide (Competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

 

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:

1.LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks as per the specifications required as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative and independent thought in your approaches to developing and implementing a sustainability policy.

2.DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING

We are looking for depth of understanding of the OHS issues & Policies in the IT industry as well as a comprehensive knowledge of best practice for implementing and continuously improving safety in the workplace.

3.TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in preparing a clear and accurate policy suitable for implementation in the workplace. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in promoting sustainable work practices and how these might be addressed.

4.WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT

We expect to see ongoing progress on class discussions and exercises and full utilisation of Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


5.COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled team sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach towards teamwork and interpersonal skills.

 


Final Grades 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

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.
 

 

 

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