Course Title: Manage workplace WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5777C

Course Title: Manage workplace WHS processes

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6126 - Advanced Diploma of Disability

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0886

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This course specifies the workplace performance required by an individual responsible for ongoing management of work health and safety (WHS) within an area of management responsibility where the WHS management processes have been set up by other persons, either internal or external to the organisation. Application of this course should be contextualised to reflect any specific workplace risks, hazards and associated safety practices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS501A Manage workplace WHS processes


1.Manage WHS information and records

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes, guidance material and other sources of WHS information and evaluate their relevance to the specific work context
1.2 Collect and collate WHS information to provide information on WHS requirements, trends and risk controls
1.3 Review records and record keeping processes to ensure that legal requirements for WHS record keeping are identified and addressed
1.4 Implement and monitor processes for ensuring that WHS records are accurately completed, collected and stored in accordance with legal requirements and workplace procedures


2.Manage WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Monitor participative processes to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and organisation procedures
2.2 Evaluate information provided to workers to ensure it is in a readily accessible and understandable format
2.3 Implement and monitor processes for ensuring that workgroup members have an opportunity, either directly or through their representative, to contribute to decisions that may affect their health and safety
2.4 Evaluate processes for addressing WHS issues, to ensure issues raised through consultation are resolved promptly and in line with organisation procedures and legislative requirements
2.5 Promptly provide information about the outcomes of consultation in a format and medium that is readily accessible to workers


3.Manage WHS risk management processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure hazard, incident, and injury reporting and investigation processes are in place, to meet legislative requirements and to inform future prevention strategies
3.2 Ensure processes are in place so that hazard identification and risk assessments occur according to organisation procedures
3.3 Ensure risk controls and hazard specific procedures are consistent with the hierarchy of control and are monitored to support compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements
3.4 Ensure processes are in place to identify and address any WHS implications of either proposed or implemented changes to the workplace, work processes or organisation of work
3.5 Recognise limits of own professional expertise and consult expert advisors as required


4.Manage WHS training program

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Conduct an WHS training needs assessment for workgroup members, that takes account of legislative and regulatory requirements, internal policies and procedures, existing skills of workgroup members and risk control requirements
4.2 Implement and monitor training programs to ensure identified WHS training requirements are addressed
4.3 Implement and monitor processes to ensure that all new workers receive WHS induction
4.4 Access and consult relevant WHS and training specialists as required, in the development and implementation of the WHS training program(s)


5.Manage WHS continuous improvement process

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Consider input from individuals and workgroup in identifying and implementing WHS improvement
5.2 Determine WHS priorities in consultation with appropriate managers and stakeholders
5.3 Develop WHS action plans taking account of priorities and training needs
5.4 Monitor achievements against the WHS plans and update plans accordingly

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

As the NDIS is rolled out around Australia client support requirements and staff practices and methods will change and adapt to match the preferences and needs of people with disabilities. Staff will need to be capable of working across agencies and sectors. You will participate in workshop discussions, presentations and group activities which focuses on the workplace performance required by an individual responsible for ongoing management of work health and safety (WHS) within an area of management responsibility where the WHS management processes have been set up by other persons, either internal or external to the organisation. There will be planned professional discussions with the teaching team undertaken in your workplace so that you can provide direct workplace evidence of your roles, responsibilities and work practices as they align with the requirements of the units and the program as a whole.

Teaching Schedule

There is one workshop allocated to this course. The workshop is on the 15th October and will focus on:

  • Manage WHS information and records
  • Manage WHS participative processes
  • Manage WHS risk management processes
  • Manage WHS training program
  • Manage WHS continuous improvement process

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to relevant sources of current information. These will include your own workplace policy and practice documentation, federal, state and local government legislation and regulatory frameworks and websites, and websites for local, national and international organisations and universities

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include observations, questioning and evidence gathered from the workplace. In cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral questioning on ’What if?’ scenarios.

Assessment Tasks

There will be one assessment task for this course. The task will be a number of interview questions for you to complete in relation to the WHS processes within your organisation.

Assessment Matrix

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment:

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

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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