Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5592C

Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6102 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Alain Grossbard


This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with course Apply Government Systems’ (POLI5019C)

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


Course Description

Managers play an important role in ensuring the safety of the workplace and the wellbeing of their staff. This unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts. It takes a systems approach and ensures compliance with relevant legislative requirements.

All those who have, or are likely to have, a management responsibility for OHS should undertake this unit. It is relevant for those with managerial responsibilities, either as an owner or employee-manager of a business.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace


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


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


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


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

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.

Details of Learning Activities

Covers a number of individual and group activities that cover detailed knowledge and application of all relevant OHS legislative frameworks; establishment and maintenance of arrangements for managing OHS within the organisations’ business systems and practices;  identification of intervention points for expert OHS advice; and principles and practice of effective OHS management in a small, medium or large business.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 11 February Course Induction
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents – any text books or readings
• Online learning environment – go through Blackboard shell
• Grading – remind them of codes and no marks (codes at end of doc)
• Plagiarism – must have signed cover sheets on all assessments
• Appeals – take them through this process and where it is on website
• Extensions – take them through process (details on website.)
• Feedback – when they can contact you and expect a response.
• Submission requirements – how all work must be uploaded and how
• Resubmission policy – one resubmission, marked to a pass allowed
• Where to get support - Student study support details
• Student responsibilities – must check emails and bb shells weekly

Week 2 18 February Course introduction – Overview on Government systems
Week 3 25 February Current knowledge of government systems: Why is the knowledge of government systems important to public relations practitioners? Why do we need government relations? What are the three tiers of government and are they related? Who are our political parties?
Week 4 4 March The structure of the Federal Government, the role of federal parliamentarians, the judiciary and the public service; lobbyists and how they work.
Simulation Case Study
Safety for workplaces
• Overview
• Legislation & guidance
• Responsibilities & resources
• Cost of illness & injury
• Broad impact on OHS
Week 5 11 March The structure of the Federal Government, the role of federal parliamentarians, the judiciary and the public service; lobbyists and how they work.
Simulation Case Study
Safety for workplaces
• OHS management systems
• Induction & training
Week 6 18 March The structure of the State Government, the role of state parliamentarians, the judiciary and the public service; lobbyists and how they work.
Safety for workplaces• Workplace consultation
• Communication with everyone
• Resolving OHS issues
• Communicating OHS outcomes effectively
Week 7 25 March Discussion on role of PR in the delivery of a government service in Victoria and the relationships necessary to achieve outcomes; analysis of last year’s State Government elections.
Guest speaker – PR Manager, State Government

Mid Semester Break: Week 28 March – 3 April inclusive

Week 7 1 April Role od PR in the government service of Victoria
Week 8 8 April Visit to State Parliament.
Guest speaker – State Member of Parliament

Everyone is a Partner in Safety
• Workplace consultation
• Communication with everyone
• Resolving OHS issues
• Communicating OHS outcomes effectively
Week 9 15 April Work on Major Assignment
Week 10 22 April Elections and campaigning; political parties, their images and the role of public relations within them.
Guest speaker – Political campaigner
What Could Happen?
• What could go wrong and how bad it could be?
• Controlling the risks
• Back to work
Week 11 29 April Pressure groups; who are they, how do you deal with them; what influences are exerted on governments, why and how?
Guest speaker – Pressure group leader
Week 12 6 May The structure of Local Government in Victoria; the roles and responsibilities of Councils and Council Officers; how do these differ from other forms of government?
Guest speaker – PR Manager from Local Council
or President of Municipal Association of Victoria
Week 13 13 May Excursion/visit to Melbourne Town Hall Council Chambers
Guest speaker on local government; the role of communications and its importance in a large metropolitan council; dealing with the extensive number of stakeholders.
Guest speaker – Lord Mayor
What is happening?
• Moving toward the OHS goals
• Find out
• Putting it together
Week 14 20 May Major Assignment in
What has been learnt?
Week 15 27 May Return final assessment and schedule any resubmission for next week
Week 16 No classes resubmissions only

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. 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

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with course Apply Government Systems’ (POLI5019C)

Students are required to complete 2 tasks. Students must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.
For this Assessment Task you will cover
• common law duties to meet general duty of care requirements
• regulations and approved codes of practice relating to hazards in the work area
• emergency and evacuation procedures OHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel (staff and students)
• how key information regarding OHS is communicated to students
• where to find relevant information/further training on safe operating procedures.

Individual activities will be assessed on the quality, research and competency of each submission.

For this assessment task students need to draw upon what you have learned in this unit. You need to answer several test questions about how an OHS system and how can best be evaluated and continuously improved.
Students need to draw upon your knowledge of your lectures and workshops as well as additional research undertaken in this program.
As part of this assessment, each Student Workbook will be collected to ensure that all activities have been satisfactorily completed. 

More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.
Submission Requirements: All 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;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 from the Student forms website.
• 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.

Assessment Matrix

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

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