Course Title: Maintain Workplace Safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: BUSM9718C

Course Title: Maintain Workplace Safety

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6070 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice)

Course Contact : Janet McDonald

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5134

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 unit is concerned with OHS responsibilities of employees with supervisory responsibilities to implement and monitor the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs in a small team to meet legislative requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMN311A Maintain Workplace Safety


Assist incorporation of Occupational Health & Safety policy and procedures into the work team.

Performance Criteria:

Understanding of basic requirements of Occupational Health & Safety Legislation in area of responsibility appropriate for health and safety needs of a small work team are demonstrated.

Information on the organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner and clearly explained to the work group.

Information about identifying hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control regularly provided and clearly explained to the work group.


Participate in identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks for the work area.

Performance Criteria:

Advice is provided on hazards in work areas in line with the organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Support is provided in implementing procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of controls and in accordance with organisational procedures.

Inadequacies in existing control measures are identified and reported in accordance with the hierarchy of controls.

Occupational Health and Safety records of incidents in the work area are accurately completed and maintained in accordance with Occupational Health and  Safety requirements.


Support participative arrangements for the management of occupational health and safety.

Performance Criteria:

Organisational consultative procedures are implemented and monitored to facilitate the participation of work group in management of work area hazards.

Issues raised through consultation are promptly dealt with in accordance with organisational procedures for issue resolution.

Encouragement and assistance is given to team members to contribute to the management of Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.

Feedback from individuals and teams is used to identify and implement improvements in the management of Occupational Health and Safety.


Support the organisation’s procedures for providing Occupational Health and Safety training.

Performance Criteria:

Advice is provided on Occupational Health and Safety training needs of individuals and workgroups.

Advice is provided on strategies and opportunities for development of workgroup's competencies in relation to Occupational Health and Safety.

Coaching and mentoring assistance is provided to team members to support the effective development of individual and group competencies in Occupational Health and Safety.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include weekly online course discussion and resources based on the textbook, industry practice, researching the Internet and observations undertaken in the workplace.

The total number of nominal hours includes, 9 hours of teaching, learning and assessment in class and the balance working Online and self directed learning including completion of assessments.

Teaching Schedule

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course will include all planned activities. This may incorporate face-to-face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; wherever possible workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning. The total scheduled hours includes the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.


Week beginningContentRequirements
Week 1 - 5 JulyIntroduciton; Ergonomics & safety in the office, Learning Hub & Discussion BoardAttendance/Text
Week 2 - 12 JulyChapter 1 - Integrating OHS into workgroup practicesAttendance/Text
Week 3 - 19 JulyChapter 1 - Integrating OHS into workgroup practicesOnline/Text
Week 4 - 26 JulyChapter 1 - Integrating OHS into workgroup practices & Chapter 2 - Supporting OHS consultative arrangementsOnline/Text
Week 5 - 2 AugChapter 2 - Supporting OHS consultative arrangementsOnline/Text
Week 6 - 9 Aug

Chapter 3 - Supporting OHS employee training

Presentation due

Week 7 - 16 AugChapter 3 - Supporting OHS employee training & Chapter 4 - Participating in hazard managementOnline/Text
Week 8 - 23 AugChapter 4 - Participating in hazard managementOnline/Text
30 Aug - 5 SeptMid semester break 
Week 9 - 6 SeptWorkplace research report dueOnline

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Scope, BSBCMN311A Maintain workplace safety, Pearson Education Australia



Other Resources

Officewise - A guide to health and safety in the office. Developed by the ergonomics unit - Workplace Victoria. Available online at

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievements of each competency in a flexible manner. Students will complete a portfolio of evidence which includes online discussion, workplace scenarios and a workplace report.

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. In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Presentation Week 6 (50%) All elements of competency

Students will give a 10 min presentation in class. The topic is to be related to workplace safety such as Ergonomics, Workplace Hazards etc.

Assessment 2 - Work-based report due Week 9 (50%) All elements of competency

Students will conduct research on occupational health and safety in a real workplace. Students will need to obtain permission from their teacher on the workplace to be researched and from the workplace supervisor/manager. The research findings will be documented in a formal report. The report will reflect the student’s knowledge of the principles and techniques associated with maintaining a safe workplace.

Assessment Matrix


Grade MarkDescription
HD>=80High distinction (competency achieved)
DI 70-79Distinction (competency achieved)
CR60-69Credit (competency achieved)
PA 50-59Pass (competency achieved)
NN<50Fail (not yet competent)
CANot applicableCompetency Achieved
NYCNot available Not yet competent

Other Information

Special Consideration

Special consideration allows the University to take account of unexpected circumstances that can affect your ability to complete an assessment. Examples of unexpected or extenuating circumstances for eligibility may include:
• Serious illness with a significant impact e.g. hospital admission, concussion, serious injury, asthma attack or depression. It does not include illnesses with minor impact such as a cold, headache, period pain or stomach ache.
• Loss or bereavement e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship or trauma e.g. victim of serious crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe unexpected disruption to domestic arrangements.

How to apply

You must apply for special consideration no later than two working days after the relevant examination or assessment deadline. You must complete the Special Consideration Application form available at and lodge the original and one photocopy at the Hub on your campus. You can also lodge the application and supporting documentation via fax to tel. 9925 8845 or send scanned copies via email to

Please note that in 2010 it is anticipated that applications for special consideration will move to an online process. More information about this new process will be available at

Your application must be supported by a medical impact statement and/or relevant supporting documentation. A medical certificate alone is not sufficient. If you cannot obtain the impact statement or supporting documents within two days, you should lodge an incomplete application form and provide the additional documents within five business day.

Late applications can only be accepted in extenuating circumstances and their submission requires the approval of the Academic Registrar.

Assessment of applications

All special consideration applications are considered by a panel of health and academic experts, convened by the Academic Registrar. All communication about your application will be through your RMIT student email account. It is your responsibility to check your RMIT student email account regularly, promptly respond to any requests for information or action and ensure your account can receive incoming emails.

Extensions of time for submission of assessment – seven days or fewer

If you are seeking an extension of seven calendar days or fewer from the original due date you must meet certain eligibility criteria (similar to special consideration) and complete an Application for Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable Work form and lodge it with the School. Forms are available at

Arrangements for lodging forms can vary according to individual school procedures. It is your responsibility, as the applicant, to check whether the form should be lodged with the school administrative officer, the course coordinator or program coordinator. Except in exceptional circumstances the application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date.

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