Course Title: Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Neale Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2681

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.20

Course Coordinator Availability: Email, phone or appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to develop a learner’s skill in developing and maintaining safe systems of work, quality systems, and environmental systems in laboratory and fieldwork settings. The course covers managing and developing teams, developing and maintaining laboratory documentation, implementing and monitoring OHS, environmental and quality management systems, conducting an internal audit, application of laboratory construction principles and risk management aspects of fieldwork safety.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This Course is a Student elective

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. identify, interpret and apply the relevant sections of the Health and Safety legislation to a laboratory scenario; 
  2. summarise the legislative requirements in relation to emergency management and incident reporting within the workplace; 
  3. identify and catergorise hazards found in the laboratory environment as well as identifying an applying the relevant controls; 
  4. simulate a Laboratory Safety Audit in a virtual laboratory environment and prepare industry standard report of your findings; and 
  5. identify potential risks associated with the undertaking of fieldwork activities and develop a risk management plan.



Overview of Learning Activities

This PUBH1369 is run entirely online and learning activities are based on the undertaking of activities rather than being content based. Students use The Chemical Laboratory Safety Net (SNET) is a multimedia virtual laboratory. This resource can be accessed via Canvas.

Total Study Hours

Eighty (80) hours one semester comprising online activities via Canvas. There is an expectation that students will undertake 8 hours of independent study per week


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be available to each student via Canvas and through the RMIT Library online database Australian Standards Online.

There is no prescribed text for this course, however access to ‘Communication Skills Handbook’ by Jane Summers and Brett Smith is highly recommended.

Online Resources (Available via RMIT Library Online Databases)

AS/NZS 2234 Safety in Laboratories Series

AS/NZS 2982; Laboratory Design and Construction

Online Resources (Available via Canvas)


Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)


Other Resources



Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)

The Chemical laboratory Safety Net (SNET) Virtual Laboratory


Overview of Assessment


Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

There will be 4 set assessment covering the key topic of laboratory and field work health and safety. Each topic are a will have specific  assessment criteria. Assignments 3 and 4 require the preparation of a report to industry/business standards.

In order to pass this course it is a requirement that  you gain a mark total of 50 or higher, there is no requirement for you to pass each assignment individually however each must be attempted

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: OHS Audit Report

Weighting 25% This assessment task supports CLOs 3 and 4

Assessment Task 2: Fieldwork Safety Report

Weighting 25% This assessment task supports CLOs 3 and 4

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50% This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5


Marked assessments will be returned via the Canvas site for this unit. Marked student work will normally be returned with written comments and a grade or mark within 2 weeks after submission.