Course Title: Work safely

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: 3915

Class Section: KELP

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Course Code: OHTH5963C

Course Title: Work safely

Important Information:

This course is clustered with the following courses for delivery and assessment:


Course name

National Code


Apply quality standards



Use a Sewing MC for fashion


School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


Course Description

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others. The unit of competency will allow you to identify work health and safety (WHS) hazards that might harm or injure people, work out the risk of these hazards actually causing harm and follow safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSMWHS200 Work safely


1 Identify hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify hazards in the work area before and during work

1.2 Access and apply relevant safety data sheets (SDS)

1.3 Assess risks for the identified hazards

1.4 Identify controls for these hazards from procedures

1.5 Review effectiveness of controls within the scope of authority

1.6 Identify and report remaining risk


2 Follow procedures for risk control

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Control risks when working under minimal supervision by following workplace procedures

2.2 Follow safety signs and other safety indicators and zones

2.3 Select, use and maintain relevant personal protective equipment (PPE)

2.4 Handle and store items and materials relevant to job safely


3 Follow emergency procedures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Recognise emergency situations

3.2 Take appropriate initial emergency action

3.3 Follow procedures for dealing with a range of site or plant emergencies


4 Initiate suggestions to enhance task/ job-specific safety

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Raise WHS issues with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant requirements of WHS legislation

4.2 Contribute to participative arrangements for WHS management in the workplace within organisation procedures and the scope of responsibilities and competencies

4.3 Provide input to minimise hazards in work area in line with organisation WHS procedures

4.4 Provide input to opportunities for development of work group’s competencies in relation to WHS

4.5 Support the implementation of procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of control and in accordance with organisation procedures

4.6 Report to appropriate people in accordance with workplace procedures when non-routine hazards arise


5 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation and the organisation WHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Follow workplace procedures to achieve a safe working environment in accordance with all relevant WHS legislation, including codes of practice relating to hazards within the workplace or industry

5.2 Identify the duties, rights and obligations of employees and employers under the relevant WHS legislation

5.3 Complete hazard, accident or incident reports as required by workplace procedures

5.4 Seek assistance with documentation and processes when needed

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

Integrated learning activities in this course consists of theory and practical components carried out in a workshop environment. Throughout the course, you will develop the skills and knowledge to create custom-made footwear products. You will learn to use and work with a range of materials, suppliers and components used in footwear manufacturing.


Learning activities will include the following:

  • online delivery
  • practical work in the workplace
  • exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation

Teaching Schedule

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.





Work Safely

Apply Quality Standards

Use a Sew MC for fashion

Home Work




Complete outstanding student Inductions in computer room (Peter Bonnell). Introduce Units in cluster and program orientation.

15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work





1/ Refer to Production Resource Booklet


2/ Refer to Assessment 1 Student Guide; Part 1 is OHS/WHS online study resource and test on CANVAS (see Homework)

Housekeeping and MSDS handout.


Production Room safety review.


OHS/WHS online study resource and test on CANVAS (see Homework) in 512 Computer Barn either before or after the lesson.

Practical application of work health and safety (WHS/OHS) standards

Introduce Housekeeping checklist (see Housekeeping and MSDS handout)

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards

Introduce and discuss why quality standards are important       

Introduce the terminology used in quality.

Check Seam Samples


1/ Discuss sewing kit.

Equipment induction.

Set up machine.

Study parts of sewing needle


2/ Discuss Assessments:

  • Explain what the assessments are
  • Explain what else needs to be done eg Student Resource Folder
  • Refer to Assessment 1 Student Guide; Part 2 is a test to label different parts of a sewing needle (see Homework)

Parts of Machine - see Production Resource Book.


Practice; threading M/C and bobbin case. Winding Bobbin.


Insert Needle.


Class task:  Endless band.

Sewing Pictures (min of 3).


Class Test: Needle Test

Demonstrate good quality of seams. Refer to Seam Samples Handout.

Refer to Overlocker handout.

Demonstrate use of pressing equipment

  • Steamers
  • Vacuum
  • Fusing machine

Assessment 2 Student Guide

Demonstrate seam samples.

Then students practice:

  • 6 samples needed; 3 x 2 fabrics.
  • These will be filed in Student Resource Folder as part of the assessment.

Continue practice using standard machines; Lockstitch and Overlocker


Refer to Tote Bag Handout

  • Create paper pattern
  • Discuss measurements
  • seam allowances
  • Trims/embellishments

1/ OHS/WHS online study resource and test on CANVAS completed at home or in own time in the Brunswick 512 Computer Barn or Library.  Students need their RMIT ID (student number) and password to log on to

2/  Prepare for test to label different parts of a sewing needle in class in week 3 (closed book)

Review parts of Machine, machine and bobbin threading and parts of sewing needle. 

View YouTube for video of Sewing Techniques for Clothing Production

Continue samples for folder (6 samples needed; 3 x 2 fabrics)

1/ Complete Samples for folder

2/ Do 4 more fabric samples.

3/ Review Industry Standards and search on web for the relevant AS and ISO standards for clothing production.

4/ Source fabric for Tote bag, bring next week



15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Discussion on machine maintenance and aspects of safety with respect to machine maintenance.


Begin Housekeeping/MSDS checklist

Paper patterns, discuss measurements, and seam allowances and grainlines

Refer to Tote Bag Assembly Handout.


Continue Tote Bag

  • Discuss fabric to use
  • Cutting method
  • Grainlines

Upload picture of seam samples on CANVAS with comment on lessons learnt



Hand in completed Housekeeping/MSDS checklist

Inspect Tote Bag and process of ensuring quality  of the Tote Bag

Complete Tote Bag


Elastic – class exercise




15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards



Assembly Plan for Shorts

Refer to Assembly Sequence Plan Template – students fill in for short as a class exercise


Practice at home on Cushion


Research and collect elastic samples


Upload an Image of your Tote Bag. Add a comment about something you have found out about making it.



15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards


Discuss quality standards of Child short

Refer to Child short card pattern and sample


Start Child short

  • Trace Pattern for Child short
  • Cut out garment on 100% Cotton Fabric




15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards

Quality Systems Theory

In Classroom


Quality Manual: Sections 1, 2 and 3 and discuss Assembly Plan and Quality checklist

Start sewing Child short


Practice at home on Diary Cover or Clutch bag




15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards

Inspect Child short

Continue sewing Child short



15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards


Complete Child short

Pressing Handout



 Practice at home on Pencil Case





15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards


Refer to Child Shirt Patterns and Assembly Plan Handouts and cardboard pattern and sample. Assessment 3 Student Guide


Trace Child Shirt pattern

  • Create paper pattern
  • Discuss measurements
  • seam allowances
  • Trims/embellishments





Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards

Fusing Activity

Child's Shirt (each student to cut out their own)

  • Discus fabric to use
  • Cutting method
  • Grainlines
  • Fusing (students use fusing machine)
  • Buttons and buttonholes (See handout)
  • Specification Handout - discuss




Complete samples




Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards

Attach labels - care, brand, size (primary and secondary labelling)

Continue and complete shirt.


Complete Student Resource Folder with information handouts                          




Practical application of  work health and safety (WHS) standards

Use QA checklist on a shirt. Exercise; student does QA check on other student's shirt.

Complete all required assessments and class work

Upload photo of student's shirt on CANVAS






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The student will also need access to a computer with internet connection.


In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles subject guides for more information.

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

Watch this short video on Getting started with fashion and textiles library resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your ability to identify work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assess risk and follow safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.  


These courses are assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in these courses you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available online and from your teacher as the assessment commences.


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:


CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment



Task Name

Commencement Week

Assessment due


Assessment 1

  • OHS
  • Use a Sewing machine/Sew Components

Work Safely TEST:

  • FASHIONABLE or OHS/WHS online Test
  • Needle Test


Week 1



Week 3


Fashionable - Hand in signed copy of the results of the online test


Observe needle placement and set up and submit naming of needles test.

Assessment  2

  • OHS
  • Use a Sewing machine/Sew Components
  • Apply Quality Standards

Products & Housekeeping

  • Complete OHS manual
  • Complete Housekeeping checklist (in class time)
  • Observation checklist on the products including Tote Bag


Week 4


Week 7


Assessment 3

  • Use a Sewing machine/Sew Components
  • Apply Quality Standards

Shirt Project

  • QA checklist on Child's Shirt

and garment sample


Week 13


Week 16


*Using QA checklist  sheet and assembly plan

*Student uploads photo of Child's shirt

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Course Coordinator).

Other Information

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


The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Special consideration Policy

If you wish to apply for special consideration, follow this link for the procedure.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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