Course Title: Participate in WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: OHTH5765C

Course Title: Participate in WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3299 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit specifies the workplace performance required for an entry level worker to participate in work health and safety (WHS) processes in the workplace in order to ensure their own health and safety at work as well as that of others in the workplace who may be affected by their actions

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes


1) Plan and prepare to work safely


2) Conduct work safely


3) Participate in WHS consultative activities


4) Follow emergency response procedures

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Identify hazards in the work area, and take action 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
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 in line with work procedures and workplace instructions
2.4 Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area in line with work procedures and workplace instructions
2.5 Identify own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely and sustainably

3.1 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other WHS consultative activities
3.2 Raise WHS issues with designated personnel according to organisation procedures
3.3 Provide input to improve workplace WHS systems and processes, according to organisation procedures, to eliminate hazards or reduce risk

4.1 Identify and report emergency situations
4.2 Follow organisation procedures for responding to emergencies

Details of Learning Activities

Facilitator led class  on safety in the workplace: legal aspects, risks management, safe work practices and emergency procedures workplace via Power Point presentation and classroom discussion and small group activity.

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

Topic 2: Risk management :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The difference between hazard, risk and residual 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Waste
Safety signs.

Topic 4: Emergency procedures:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Evacuation procedures.
Medical emergencies and first aid .
Bomb threat.
Natural disasters.

Clinical experience in he student’s workplace.

Self managed research of their workplace, completion of the oral presentation (via Power Point)due Block 2 day 2) , including student induction sheet and third party evidence.  During the oral presentations students gain information of WHS issues in other dental practices.

Students to complete and submit Reflection Feedback of Oral presentations.

Teaching Schedule

Block 1 Day 3:  14:00 - 17:00 (3 hours)
Three-hour facilitator led classroom based lecture program via Power Point presentation, classroom discussion and small group activities on the role of the dental assistant in the dental practice at the front desk. Students are explained how to access the HLTWHS200A from myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard) and students commence and complete the oral presentation between Block 1 and Block 2.

Topic 1: The legislative & organisational framework for WHS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           What is workplace safety? The laws, regulations & codes of practice and Legal requirements in the workplace.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Topic 2: Risk management :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The differences between hazard,risk  and residual 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 procedures, fire, medical emergencies and first aid, bomb threats and natural disasters.

 Block 1 Day 4: 09:00 - 11:00 (2 hours)
Safe work practices in the dental surgery
Two hour facilitator led workshop, on safe work practices in the dental surgery, including with class discussion and small group activities. The HLTWHS200A Worksheet is collected.

Block 2, Day 2 Students present their oral presentations: 09:00 - 13:00  (4 hours)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Students to present their oral presentations, listen to other students oral presentations and complete & submit Reflection Feedback of Oral presentations.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Bird. D. & Robinson D (2012), 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 Web Pages

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:\

SafeWork Australia:

Scheller, Carmen (2006) Basic guide to Dental Instruments Blackwell UK..

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

Zwemer, T.J. Mosbly Dental Dictionary 2nd Ed. Mosby Inc Sydney.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning skills and knowledge, assessment activities may include quizzes, scenario, role play, case study and practical demonstration.

Assessment Tasks

HLTWHS200A Oral Presentation and submission of PPT Handout  Assessment weight = 80%

Student Induction Checklist: signed by Workplace Supervisor:  Assessment weight = 10%

Third Party Evidence Form: signed by Workplace Supervisor: Assessment weight = 10%

Please note: The Third Party Evidence Document has been designed for workplace implementation. Completion of the document provides a student with the opportunity to gain constructive feedback from Supervisors/mentors and allows the Supervisor/mentor to evaluate the student’s progress and provide the RMIT teacher/assessor with any relevant feedback as to the progress and application and development of the student’s skills and knowledge in safe work practices.

The oral presentation, student induction checklist and the  third party evidence document are aligned directly with the desired learning outcomes of this unit of competency and as such will provide students with study direction and focus in work based training.

Assessment Matrix


Elements 1-4:                     HLTWHS200A Oral Presentation and submission of PPT Handout Assessment weight = 80%

Elements 1-4:                     Student Induction Checklist: signed by Workplace Supervisor: Assessment weight = 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elements 1-4:                     Third Party Evidence Form: signed by Workplace Supervisor: Assessment weight = 10%

Please note: The Third Party Evidence Document has been designed for workplace implementation. Completion of the document provides a student with the opportunity to gain constructive feedback from Supervisors/mentors and allows the Supervisor/mentor to evaluate the student’s progress and provide the RMIT teacher/assessor with any relevant feedback as to the progress and application and development of the student’s skills and knowledge in safe work practices.

The oral presentation, student induction checklist and the third party evidence document are aligned directly with the desired learning outcomes of this unit of competency and as such will provide students with study direction and focus in work based training.

Other Information

Plagiarism                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.
Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit your learning guide, you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.
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Non completion or non-submission of compulsory tasks:
Failure to complete any or all of the compulsory tasks listed above will prevent the student from achieving a CA (competency achieved) result for unit HLTDA306D. This will result in the student not completing the unit successfully. “NYC” (not yet competent) will be recorded and re-enrolment will be required to continue the unit/program. Fees will be incurred.
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