Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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:  Krissi Kirk

Course Contact Email:  krissi.kirk@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:

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

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
 


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include in-class discussion and participation, small group work, research topics and presentations on a variety of topics as shown in the Teaching Schedule below. 

Students should attend all sessions.

 


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 
18th July 2013

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.
• What isOH&S, Who is Responsible and the purpose of a policy


BSBOHS501A BUSM 6394C
• Introduction to course material, administration & assessments.
• What is Sustainability, Environmental, Social, Economic, What is a Sustainability Policy it’s purpose and objectives and how it applies to workplaces

Class Discussion 

Assessment Overview and discussion.

Assessment Task 1 given to students

 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A


 

215th July 2013

• Definition of a ‘Hazard’
• Major causes of injuries
• SAM Principles
• Hierarchy of Control

• Research Sustainable Events, brainstorm possible events
 

Class Discussion
 

BSBOHS509A 

BSBSUS501A

322nd July 2013

 

• Introduction to Health & Safety reporting
• OH&S and the Law
• Acts, regulations and codes
• Rights & responsibilities
• Duty of care
• Defining OHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel

• Defining the scope of the sustainability policy
• Gathering information to plan and develop the policy
 

OH&S Assessment 1.1 –
TEST- completed in class

BSBOHS509A  

BSBSUS501A

429th July 2013

• Role of Health & Safety Representative
• Inspection and documenting OH&S matter
• : Identifying and approving resources for the effective operation of the OHS system

• Identifying and consulting with stakeholders
• Including appropriate sustainability strategies
 

OH&S Assessment 1.1 –
TEST- Feedback given

BSBOHS509A  

BSBSUS501A

55th Aug 2013• OH&S specific topic research & report

 

• Making recommendations for policy options based on likely effectiveness, time frames and cost
• Development of sustainability Event 

 

• OH&S Assessment 1.2 –
Short Report – to be submitted at end of class
 

BSBOHS509A  

BSBSUS501A

612th Aug 2013

• Locating and communicating OHS policies
• Introduction to Emergency Scenarios
• Bullying
• Policy Development & Considerations
• Developing procedures for hazard identification and risk control


• Developing a policy that reflects the organisation’s commitment to sustainability
• Development of sustainability policy
 


• OH&S Assessment 1.2 –
Short Report – Feedback given
 

BSBOHS509A
BSBSUS501A
 
719th Aug 2013

• Audit – what is it, how to conduct, how to record
• Continue Emergency or Bullying Policy
• What is an OH&S system
• Purpose of the system
• Ensuring new hazards are not created from proposed changes in the workplace
• Selecting and implementing risk-control measures

• Development of sustainability policy

• Developing a policy that reflects the organisation’s commitment to sustainability
 

 

BSBOHS509A 

BSBSUS501A

826th Aug 2013

• Finalising Emergency or Bullying Policy
• Identifying inadequacies and providing resources to implement new risk-control measures
• Identifying intervention points for expert OHS advice

 

• Finalise Sustainability Event Policy 

 

• OH&S – Assessment 2
Policy Due at end of class

 
  Mid Semester Break - 2nd Sept to 6th Sept 2013  
99th Sept 2013

• Establishing and maintaining participative arrangements in accordance with legislation
• Resolving issues raised through participative arrangements and consultation
• Providing information about participation and consultation outcomes


• Agreeing to appropriate methods of implementation
• Promoting the policy and its expected outcomes to stakeholders

 

• OH&S – Assessment 2
Policy – Feedback Given

BSBOHS509A 

BSBSUS501A

1016th Sept 2013• Developing and providing an OHS induction and training program for all employees

• Communicating expected outcomes, activities and responsibilities
• Developing and communicating implementation procedures

 

 

BSBOHS509A  

BSBSUS501A

1123rd Sept 2013• Identifying patterns of occupational injury and disease from OHS records

• Implementing strategies for continuous improvement in resource efficiency
• Assigning responsibility for tracking improvements in sustainability approaches

 

 
 
BSBOHS509A 

BSBSUS501A

1230th Sept 2013

• Measuring and evaluating the OHS system in line with the quality framework

• Hold Sustainability Event

 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

137th Oct 2013• Developing and implementing improvements to the OHS system
• Maintaining compliance with OHS legislation and legal standards

• Review Policy, update policy, life cycle of a policy
• Prepare presentation on Policy & Implementation


• Review Sustainability Event
• Documenting outcomes and providing feedback to stakeholders
• Investigating the success or failures of the policy 

 

 

 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

1414th Oct 2013• OHS System Presentations

• Identifying trends and making improvements
• Modifying the policy and procedures to make improvements
 

• OH&S Assessment 3
Report – due by end of class today

• Presentation - presentation to be done in class

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

1521st Oct 2013

• OHS System Presentations

• Finalising Sustainability policy

 


• Feedback and Review
 

• OH&S Assessment 3
Presentation - presentation to be done in class – if required

• OH&S Assessment 3
Report – feedback given today

• Presentation – feedback given today
 

BSBOHS509A

BSBSUS501A

 1628th Oct 2013Re-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

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.

You are required to complete 3 assessment tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this unit. The assessments outlined in this Course Guide Part B relate only to Ensure a safe workplace.

Where students are deemed to be Not Yet Competent after the submission of Task 1.1, 1.2 or task 2 an opportunity will be provided during the course of the semester to resubmit this assessment task. Resubmission for Assessment Task 3 will take place in week 16 where required.

 

ASSESSMENT TASK 1 –OH&S Regulations, Responsibilities and Control

This assessment task consists of 2 parts:

Assessment Task 1.1 - Test (Due Date: - Week 3 - 22nd July 2013)

You will sit for a short open book test with multiple choice and short answer questions in class.

Assessment Task 1.2 - Short Report on Due Date: - Week 5 – 5th August 2013)

You are required to research one area of OH&S as chosen in class and provide a 1 page report on your topic. You will include:
• Topic – what is it, who does it effect, how does it occur
• What can be done about it – hierarchy of controls
• Any relevant cases you can find (newspaper articles, worksafe articles, case studies etc)


Further information will be provided in class with a detailed assessment task sheet.

Submission Requirements:
Please upload your report in PDF using the blackboard and clearly indicate it with your credentials. Please review your document before you submit.

ASSESSMENT TASK 2 – Develop an OH&S System and Policy (Due Date: - Week 8 – 26 August 2013)

You are required to research and develop an OH&S system and appropriate Policy within a small workplace to handle either Bullying or an Emergency Event.

You will include information on what the event is, how this event occurs, what action should be taken during the event, what the organization will do etc. Your policy will provide clear guidance to all levels of management and staff. You will include an audit sheet that staff can complete.

Further information will be provided in class with a detailed assessment task sheet.


Submission Requirements:
Please upload your report in PDF using the blackboard and clearly indicate it with your credentials. Please review your document before you submit.

ASSESSMENT TASK 3 – OHS System Induction, Implementation & Review Report (Due Date: Week 14 & 15 for Presentations 14th & 21st October 2013, Report due on 14th October)

You will develop documentation to induct new staff in your organisation and make them aware of your OH&S policy and procedure. You will create some advertising material that could be displayed in a common area (ie: a poster) that covers the main points and lets people know where to find more information. You will create more training information that could be used by a supervisor to train their new staff member. You will present this information to the class in a 10 minute presentation.

Further information will be provided in class with a detailed assessment task sheet.


Submission Requirements:
Please upload all information including your powerpoint presentation using the blackboard and clearly indicate it with your credentials. Please review your document before you submit.

 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

General 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.

Resubmission Guide:
Late submissions of work required for any stage of this project will be eligible for grading at pass level only

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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