Course Title: Work safely in the construction industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5583C

Course Title: Work safely in the construction industry

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Catherine Ciavarella

Nominal Hours: 6

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake Occupational health and Safety (OHS) induction training within the construction industry. It requires the ability to demonstrate personal awareness of OHS legislative requirements and the basic principles of risk managment and prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry. Licensing requirements will apply to this unit of compentency depending on the regulatory requirements fo each jurisdiction.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU349 Work safely in the construction industry


1. Identify OHS legislative requirements

2. Identify construction hazards and control measures

3. Identify OHS communication and reporting processes

4. Identify OHS incident response procedures


Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS legislative requirements relevant to own work, role and responsibilities are identified and explained.
1.2. Duty of care requirements are identified.
1.3. Own responsibilities to comply with safe work practices are identified and explained. 

2.1. Basic principles of risk management are identified.
2.2. Common construction hazards are identified and discussed.
2.3. Measures for controlling hazards and risks are identified. 

3.1. OHS communication processes, information and documentation are identified and discussed.
3.2. Role of designated OHS personnel is identified and explained.
3.3. Safety signs and symbols are identified and explained.
3.4. Procedures and relevant authorities for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries are identified. 

4.1. General procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies are identified and explained.
4.2. Procedures for accessing first aid are identified.
4.3. Requirements for the selection and use of relevant personal protective equipment are identified and demonstrated.
4.4. Fire safety equipment is identified and discussed. 


Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the basic OHS knowledge required prior to undertaking designated work tasks within any of the sectors within the construction industry. The unit relates directly to the general induction training program specified by the National code of Practices for Industrion Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2006).

Details of Learning Activities

Class activities


Teaching Schedule

            6 hours delivery as per Nationally Recognised OHS Requirements

Delivery Schedule

Basic Principles of Health and Safety in the construction industry

Requirements of the participant in preventing workplace injury and illness

Workplace injury management and workers compensation in Victoria.

WHS (work health and safety) Legislative Requirements

Risk management

WHS Communication

Incident Response

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

      National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

Overview of Assessment

Evidence must confirm personal awareness of the following:

• applicable OHS legislative and safety requirements for construction work, including duty of care
• the range of common construction hazards and procedures for the assessment of risk and application of the hierarchy of control
• OHS communication processes, information and documentation including the role of OHS committees and representatives, the meaning of common safety signs and symbols, and procedures for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries
• general procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies including evacuation, first aid, fire safety equipment and PPE.

Assessment Tasks

Test - 100%

Assessment Matrix


The Assessment Matrix demonstrates the alignment of Assessment Tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available from the link below

Other Information


Student Charter:
The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and law, indicates what the University and its students can expect from each other. The University’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge to meet the needs of industry and the community and to foster in students the skills and passion to contribute to and engage with the world.

Student Responsibilities:
In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:

  • The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
  • RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
  • To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
  • To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.
  • See RMIT Academic progress information, responsibilities and support for current students:;ID=nzasms4pljer

Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=7usdbki1fjf31;STATUS=A?QRY=extension%20of%20time%20form&STYPE=ENTIRE

Equitable Assessment:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=id0959jyz9mx

Special Consideration:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
See RMIT Assessment Policies:

Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

Refer to the RMIT policy on plagiarism which is reference under Academic Integrity atRMIT;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n;STATUS=A?QRY=Plagiarism%20-%20student%20information&STYPE=ENTIRE
Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment:
Whenever you submit work for assessment you must include a declaration of authorship.
All hard copy submissions of work for assessment should include a completed and signed ’Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment’ which can be found at the following link;ID=od0oagg9uc111

A condition of using the online e-submissions process is that you have read and agreed to the following statement:
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the Assessment declaration found at the following link;ID=t4g7mbllxm3n

Course Overview: Access Course Overview