Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5712C

Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3304 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99250886

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Nominal Hours: 30

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 are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however you will need to obtain a police check in order to participate in the practical placement and gain work in the sector as per legislative requirements.

You need knowledge of spoken English, as well as English literacy to a standard that is likely to meet workplace needs to enter the course. If you would like advice on the standard of English that is recommended for the course please contact the Course Co-ordinator via the details above.

Course Description

In this course you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to follow work health and safety procedures for direct care work. You will learn about sources of risk to personal safety, and how to assess the level of risk and follow risk minimisation procedures. You will learn to Identify manual handling hazards, assess related risk and follow risk minimisation procedures, and you will learn how to Identify sources of infection and apply industry accepted practice to minimise risk of infection to yourself, your clients and others. You will learn how to follow procedures and strategies for risk control, and how to contribute to health and safety in the workplace. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work


1. Identify sources of risk to personal safety, assess the level of risk and follow risk minimisation procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify environments, situations and client-related risk factors
1.2 Apply practical strategies and organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.3 Identify any behaviours of concern in the work context and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.4 Identify risks associated with driving and travelling with and without clients and follow organisation procedures to minimise risk
1.5 Follow organisation policies and procedures when working in a new or unstable environment


2. Identify manual handling hazards, assess related risk and follow risk minimisation procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify manual handling hazards
2.2 Assess the risk using the tools described in the Manual Handling Code of practice (or equivalent) for own State/territory
2.3 Apply recognised control measures for manual handling risk, including eliminating manual handling wherever possible
2.4 Follow established manual handling procedures and work instructions for minimising manual handling activity/risk


3. Identify sources of infection and apply industry accepted practice to minimise risk of infection to themselves, clients and others

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify risks of infection
3.2 Apply standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection as part of own work routine
3.3 Recognise situations when additional infection control procedures are required
3.4 Apply additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
3.5 Identify other sources of infection for workers


4. Identify other hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify other hazards in the work area during the performance of duties
4.2 Assess level of risk
4.3 Conduct environmental assessment to identify potential sources of risk to personal safety


5. Follow procedures and strategies for risk control

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Report hazards in the work area to designated personnel according to workplace procedures
5.2 Follow accurately workplace procedures and work instructions for controlling risks with minimal supervision
5.3 Whenever necessary, within the scope of responsibilities and competencies, follow workplace procedures for dealing with incidents, fire and/or hazardous events


6. Contribute to WHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Describe employee rights and employer obligations regarding consultation on WHS matters
6.2 Raise task and/or job specific WHS issues with appropriate people in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant WHS legislative requirements
6.3 Contribute to participative arrangements for WHS management in the workplace within organisation procedures and the scope of responsibilities and competencies
6.4 Provide feedback to supervisor on hazards in work area in line with organisation WHS policies and procedures
6.5 Provide support in implementing procedures to control risks in accordance with organisation procedures

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

On completion of this course, you will be able to accurately identify the major work health and safety hazards, manual handling, together with other hazards that may include dealing with behaviours of concern, stress, assess related risk as well as follow instructions and procedures with minimal supervision and support
You will also be capable of participating and contributing to work health and safety (WHS) management issues There will be individual and group activities during classes, field visits and guest speakers. The Certificate III Aged Care includes two field placements with a total of 130 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will be developed further through placement.

Teaching Schedule

1.Introduction to the unit, Identify assessing and minimising risks to personal safety and hazards
2.Environmental assessments and reporting
3.Manual handling, Infection control, Risk control


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to industry sources of information and provided with a workbook to complete throughout the course. You will also be directed to other learning materials and websites if required.

Overview of Assessment

In this course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that you have developed to meet the competency requirements of this course. You will complete assessments to determine your knowledge throughout the course which ensures you are equipped to perform your job role in the Aged Care sector, and the second method of assessment is where you give practical demonstrations of the tasks required in the job role for this course. These assessment tasks are conducted after you have had adequate preparation for the assessment and you will be supported throughout the assessment process. Some of the practical tasks will be done in the purpose-built facilities at RMIT; others will be done in your placement in a workplace setting.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

1. Practical assessment in class

2. The final assessment task will be an assessment in the simulated environment around WHS procedures along with a worksheet/quiz.

3. Placement questions

Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the teacher

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
Hardcopy: you must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy.
E-Submission: you will complete an e-Declaration for every piece of work submitted online.
The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
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Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

Complaints Procedure:
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Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
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