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: C5318 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
9925 4914

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


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


2. Ensure others are able to implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

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


3. Implement WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Monitor compliance with work procedures

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


6. Implement organisation procedures for maintaining WHS records

Performance Criteria:

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


7. Implement emergency procedures

Performance Criteria:

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


1. Provide information to the work group

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course you will achieve the following learning outcomes as identified by the above mentioned elements. You will be able to inform and implement others about safe work practices. You will implement and monitor WHS practice and procedure. You will be able to identify and assess hazard and risk control,implement emergency procedure and document for WHS records.

Details of Learning Activities

The course is made up of a mixture of: workshops facilitated by leading industry experts, small group assignments and work-based reflections and assessments which encourage experiential learning. This range of learning and assessment methods is a deliberate attempt to harness and utilise your diverse skill base and current capacity to work in the sector. Guest facilitators and speakers will be brought in from a wide range of disciplines and service areas to enhance your learning.

Areas to be covered will include: clinical and non-clinical assessment and management, culturally sensitive practice, counselling and support, forensic services and pharmacotherapy.

There will also be opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise via small group work and larger group presentations.

Trainers and facilitators will be required to draw on the wide-ranging skills and expertise of the leaner group – thus ensuring material is relevant and meaningful.
Throughout all the learning activities importance is placed on maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for staff and service users and this is in context of the complex care sector.

Teaching Schedule

You will be given a workshop schedule at the commencement of the program in which this course sits. Whilst there are no specific workshops dealing directly and exclusively with Work health and safety it is integral to and underpins all the learning and teaching you undertake.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources such as course reading and unit references will be provided to all students via their program folders and also placed within the blackboard site as required.

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed via a number of class based and work-integrated tasks. In particular you will be required to gather evidence of your ability to maintain a safe work environment from your place of employment or field education.

Assessment Tasks

To be assessed as Competent in this course you will undertake a work integrated learning exercise. This exercise is a combination of self-reflection, third party support and evidence gathering against the critical aspects of assessment as outlined in the Unit of Competency.

Assessment Matrix

A matrix is available on blackboard and via the Course Coordinator.

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

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

Other Information

Cover sheet for Submissions
You must include a completed submission coversheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. 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.
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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.

You will receive verbal and written feedback 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.
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Special consideration policy (late submissions)
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.
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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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