Course Title: Participate in OHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: OHTH5651C

Course Title: Participate in OHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3202 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: 03/ 3941 1412

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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 is no pre-requisites required for this unit.

Course Description

Participate in OHS processes in the health industry

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS processes


1. Plan and conduct work safely
2. Conduct work safely
3. Participate in OHS consultative activities
4. Follow emergency response procedures

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Identify hazards in the work area, and take action taken to control risk
1.2 Report residual risk according to organisation procedures
1.3 Carry out pre-start checks as required according to work procedures

2.1 Use personal protective equipment correctly and maintain when required
2.2 Follow work procedures and workplace instructions for ensuring safety when planning and conducting work
2.3 Report incidents and injuries to designated personnel
2.4 Undertake OHS housekeeping in work area
2.5 Manage own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely
3.1 Make a constructive contribution to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other OHS consultative activities
3.2 Raise OHS issues with designated personnel according to organisation procedures
3.3 Provide input to improve workplace OHS systems and processes, according to organisation procedures, to eliminate hazards or reduce risk
3.4 Maintain and update own knowledge of OHS issues as they apply to workplace systems, equipment and processes
4.1 Identify and report emergency situations
4.2 Follow organisation procedures for responding to emergencies
4.3 Apply knowledge of roles and responsibilities of OHS representatives and OHS committees

Details of Learning Activities

Facilitator led HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS Processes:                                                                                                                                                                                                Safety in the workplace, risks and hazards and maintain a safe workplace via Power Point presentation and classroom discussion and small group activity.

Topic 1: The legislative & organisational framework for OHS:                                                                                                                                                                                            What is workplace safety? The laws, regulations & codes of practice and Legal requirements in the workplace.

Topic 2: Risk management :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The “Take 5” approach to risk management. The differences between hazard and risk , near misses and accidents , risk assessment , risk (hierarchy of ) control, reporting and risk management (The Take 5 approach).

 Topic 3: Safe workplace practices:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Housekeeping , personal protective equipment (PPE) , managing stress and fatigue , manual handling , ergonomics , handling chemicals, infection control (introduction), radiation, and safety signs.

 Topic 4: Emergency procedures:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Evacuation procures, fire, medical emergencies and first aid, bomb threats and natural disasters.

Students to complete class activities and complete and submit class worksheet (issued Block 1 day 3 and submitted Block 1 Day 5)

Clinical experience in OHS issues gained in the students workplace.

Self managed research of written report and completion of Oral Presentation (via Power Point) Oral Presentations, and students gain information of OHS issues in other dental practices during the oral presentations.

Students to complete and submit Reflection Feedback of Oral presentations.

Teaching Schedule

Block 1, Day 3 OHS Lecture Morning Session (09:00 to 13:00 - 4 hours)
Four hour facilitator led classroom based lecture program via Power Point presentation, classroom discussion, small group activities and issued a worksheet whihc is collected Block 1 Day 5. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Topic 1: The legislative & organisational framework for OHS:
      · What is workplace safety?
      · Laws, regulations & codes of practice
      · Legal requirements in the workplace 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Topic 2: Risk management :
      · The “Take 5” approach to risk management 
      · The difference between hazard and risk
      · Near misses and accidents , Risk Assessment 
      · Risk (hierarchy of ) control
      · Reporting
      · Risk management (The Take 5 approach) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Topic 3: Safe workplace practices:
      · Housekeeping 
      · Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      · Managing stress and fatigue
      · Manual handling , Ergonomics
      · Handling chemicals
      · infection control (introduction)
      · Radiation
      · Safety signs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Topic 4: Emergency procedures:
     · Evacuation procures
     · Fire 
     · Medical emergencies and first aid
     · Bomb threat
     · Natural disasters

Block 2, Day 2 Students OHS oral presentations Session (10:30 to 17:00 - 6.5 hours)                                                                                                                                                     Students submit the written report (including thrid party evidence) and present their OHS oral presentations of their dental practice.                                                            Students complete and submit Reflection Feedback of Oral presentations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Bird. D. & Robinson D (2012) Torres & Ehrlich Modern Dental Assisting, 10th Ed. W.B. Saunders Company. Philadelphia.


Other Resources

Australian Dental Association Inc (2012) ADA Guidelines for Infection Control,

Australian Dental Association Vic Branch (2005) Systematic Operating Procedures A manual for infection control and operational safety for the dental practice.\

Australian Standards AS/NZS 4815 (2006), which can be accessed via the RMIT Library WebPages

Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010)

Evolve Website:\                                                                                                                                                                                                           This website has been set up by the publisher of the textbook, Modern Dental Assisting and offers free student learning resources and is and highly recommended.

Hazard Tools:

Lee, G & Bishop, P (2009) Microbiology and infection control for health professionals 4th Ed, Pearson.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all chemicals, medicaments and materials used at your dental practice (Obtained from Dental Supply companies or via web search)

Miller,C & Palenik,M (2005) Infection Control & the management of hazardous materials for the dental team 3rd ed, Mosby

Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004)

RMIT Occupational Health and Safety Videos:                                                                                                                                      

myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

OHS Reps @Work:\

WorkSafe Victoria:\

Officewise - A guide to health and safety in the office: accesable from the Worksafe website.

Overview of Assessment

A variety of assessments are incorporated in this unit of competency including:
• Observation in the work place
• Evidence of essential knowledge and understanding may be provided by: traditional or online (computer-based) assessment or written assignments/projects
• Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
• Questioning
• Staff and/or client feedback
• Supporting statement of supervisor
• Authenticated evidence of relevant work experience and/or formal/informal learning
• Role play simulation

Assessment Tasks

Please Note: Students may apply for, Special Consideration (as per information provided in the Student Handbook) via the RMIT website\  where they believe factors beyond their control have affected their academic performance.

Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. Special consideration is not granted automatically on application. Application for extension of time for submission of work (where the assessment tasks will be submitted within seven days).

 HLTOHS200B Worksheet:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Completion and submitssion of HLTOHS200B  worksheet issued Block 1 Day 3 and submitted Block 1 Day 5.

Oral presentation Block 2 Day 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oral presentation including written report (including thrid party evidence) completed, with a fully completed and signed HLTOHS200B cover sheet must be submitted with the written report.  This is collected tat the start of the session.

Refer to the Student Handbook for RMIT policies and protocol for submission of task.

 A NYC (Not Yet Competent) result for the oral presentation assessment is managed as follows: The marked coversheet will provide the student on what questions to resubmit. The student will have two weeks to submit the resubmission from the date of receiving the resubmission. The student will submit the original marked assessment (including original marked coversheet) and the resubmission answers that have been researched.

The student with a resubmission is strongly advised to contact the principal teacher to clarify any aspects of the resubmission or arrange for a private tutorial.

Please note: Failure to undertake the above mentioned to achieve a CA result for the assessments will result in a student being deemed NYC, requiring re-enrolment incurring additional fees and a meeting with the Program Coordinator as this unit of competency is a pre-requite for other units of competency in the Certificate III in Dental Assisting program.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Please Note; Students may apply for Special Consideration as (per the information provided in the Student Handbook ) via the RMIT website http:/ consideration\ if they believe their ability to complete Assessment for this Unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control.

Special Consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

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