Course Title: Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: OHTH5425C

Course Title: Implement workplace safety procedures and programs

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Karen Linstrom

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254597

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 35

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

There are no Pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

 This course covers the knowledge and skills required to implement an organization’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs by those with supervisory responsibility to meet Occupational Health and Safety standards.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs


01. Provide Workplace Safety Information to the Workgroup

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant provisions of occupational health and safety legislation and codes of
practice are confirmed as current and are explained to the workgroup using
language and materials to suit their level of experience, existing knowledge
and individual needs
1.2 Information on the organisation's occupational health and safety policies,
procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner to the
1.3 Information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment
and risk control procedures is regularly provided and explained to the


02. Implement and monitor participative arrangements for Workplace Safety

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participative arrangements for consultation over occupational health and
safety issues are implemented and monitored to ensure that all members of
the workgroup have the opportunity to contribute
2.2 Issues raised through consultation are dealt with in accordance with
organisational consultation procedures
2.3 The outcomes of consultation over occupational health and safety issues are
recorded and communicated to the workgroup in accordance with
organisational policy and procedures


03. Identify Hazards and  Assess Risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existing and potential hazards in the work area are identified and reported
so that risk assessment and risk control procedures can be applied
3.2 Risks are prioritised in accordance with risk management procedures


04. Implement and Report on Procedures for Controlling Risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work procedures to control risks are implemented and adherence to them by
the workgroup is overseen in accordance with workplace procedures
4.2 Existing risk control measures are monitored and results reviewed and
reported regularly in accordance with workplace procedures


05. Implement Procedures for dealing with Hazardous Events

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Workplace procedures for dealing with hazardous events are implemented
whenever necessary to ensure that prompt control action is taken
5.2 Hazardous events are analysed, and information to identify their cause/s is
gathered in accordance with organisational procedures
5.3 Measures to prevent recurrence and minimise risks of hazardous events are
implemented based on the hierarchy of control if within scope of
responsibilities and competencies or, alternatively, referred to designated
personnel for implementation


06. Implement Procedures for Providing Workplace Safety Training

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Occupational health and safety training needs are identified, specifying gaps
between occupational health and safety competencies required and those
held by workgroup members
6.2 Arrangements are made for fulfilling identified occupational health and safety
training needs in both on on-the-job and off-the-job training programs in
consultation with relevant parties


07. Implement Procedures for Maintaining Workplace Safety Records

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Occupational health and safety records for work area are completed in
accordance with workplace requirements for occupational health and safety
records and legal requirements for the maintenance of records of
occupational injury and disease
7.2 Records are compiled to allow evaluation of hazard identification and risk
control procedures within work area according to organisational procedures
and within scope of responsibilities and competencies

Learning Outcomes

See elements

Details of Learning Activities

This module is delivered in an intensive format, on a Saturday and Sunday, as the devoted delivery of the contact hours.  Additional self-guided hours will devoted to assessment tasks online.

Teaching Schedule

Saturday: The examination and analysis of sections 1--114 of the OH&S Act 2004, as well as OH&S Regulations and their application. The examination of the objectives and safety of the role, duties and responsibilities of all people working the Victorian workplace.

Sunday: The explorationof  of the processes of powers of Safety Representativess, Health and Safety Committees, and the role and function of Work Safe Victoria

Additional eights hours: Self directed application of theory to address issues in assessment scenarios in a supported class environment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students are encouraged to download the OH&S Act 2004 on a memory stick or to their PC desktops. All other handouts and Work Safe materials will be supplied to students during class.

Alternative Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 

The Study and Learning Centre provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. For information on their services and support, please visit the website

Overview of Assessment

Assessment of this course will be based on:

  • Active participation in Case Studies presented
  • Hurdle tasks embedded in the lectures and tutorials
  • Comprehensive Written Examination
  • Development of an OH&S policy, including implementation and review frameworks and an issues resolution flowchart

Assessment Tasks

Students will undertake a comprehensive exam on the Sunday of the Intensive worth 50% of the total assessment
Students will then apply their knowledge in the completion of ten scenarios that will require them to analyze the issue(s) and determine from one perspective what policies or procedures need to be in place, and secondly what specific sections of the Act, Regulations or Australian/New Zealand standards need to be cited as the authority  for an action or implementation of a process.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100
DI 70-79
CR 60-69
PA 50-59
NN 0-49

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.

In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
Students must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.
Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:
Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing
Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y
Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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