Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5121C

Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4209 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Ms Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marcella Sabo

61 3 9341 1409


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


Course Description

This unit specifies the workplace performance required by an employee to contribute to OHS processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes


1. Plan and conduct work safely


2. Support others in working safely


3. Contribute to OHS participative processes


4. Contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment and risk control activities


5. Participate in the control of emergency situations

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant provisions of OHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Identify hazards as part of work planning and work process
1.3 Address identified hazards prior to starting work using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities
1.4 Report residual risk according to organisation procedures
1.5 Report incidents and injuries in line with organisation policies and procedures
1.6 Undertake OHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Maintain and update own knowledge of OHS issues as they apply to workplace systems, equipment and processes
1.8 Manage own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with members of the work group
2.2 Check the OHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup
2.3 Provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely
2.4 Support members of the workgroup to accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures

3.1 Raise OHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities in a constructive manner to improve safety
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members to contribute to workplace safety
3.4 Apply knowledge of roles and responsibilities of OHS representatives and OHS committees

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls
4.2 Check the workplace for hazards using itemised checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures
4.3 Contribute to risk assessments
4.4 Provide input to development and implementation of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of control

5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and responded to them appropriately
5.2 Take initial action to control/confine emergency according to organisation procedures, and taking account of the nature and scope of the emergency
5.3 Implement emergency response procedures within scope of training and competence

Details of Learning Activities

1. Facilitator led Power Point presentation

2. Facilitator led class discussion

3. Class task - identiying hazards in the workplace

4. Self managed research and completion of Learning Guide workbook to support underpinning knowledge and skills and to support preparation for written assessment (case studies x 2) including gathering of authenticated third party evidence of work place training.

5. RMIT access to OHS videos and weblinks.

Teaching Schedule

17 February 2011 - 3 hours

1. Facilitator led Power Point presentation  

2. Facilitator led class discussion on the legislative & organisational framework for OHS, Risk management, safe workplace practices and emergency procedures

3. Class task - identiying hazards in the workplace

4. Self managed research and completion of Learning Guide workbook which is divided into 4 topics as stated in point 2 above. Students are required to access weblinks and view videos, gather information and apply their learning to complete the activities in the Learning Guide work book. Completion of this activity will support preparation for written assessment (case studies x 2)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Occupational Heath and Safety Act 2004

Worksafe Victorian Inspectors PDF, 2nd Ed. June 2007

MSDS (material safety data sheet)

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Identify OH&S  issues at the student’s workplace and devise a hazard identification and risk assessment document.

Research codes of practice , OH&S legislation and national industry standards

Review workplace policy and procedures in OH&S

Research and create an emergency evacuation plan

Risk management processes at the student workplace

Create a safety audit checklist and safety action plan

Assessment Tasks

Written assessment date:  17 June 2011

1. Assessment of your performance in the workplace in the form of an authenticated third party evidence document due date: 17 June 2011

2. Two hour written assessment comprising the completion of two case studies

Note: Learning Guide Work book prerequisite due date: 27 May 2011

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Please note: Students may apply for special consideration as per the information provided in the student handbook via the RMIT Hub @ 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. Special Consideration is not automatically granted on application.

Students must present Student Identification Card to RMIT assessor to undertake assessment.

Prerequisite for written assessment as follows:

1. Attendance and participation to class work as scheduled in the student timetable in the student handbook

2. Submission of a fully completed HLTOHS300A Learning guide work book

3. Authenticated third party evidence document of workplace performance

A PX result for the written assessment is acheived with a result of 70% or above.

An NYC (not yet competent) result for the written assessment will be advised via written feedback sheet and the student will be required to make an appointment to discuss the result with the program coordinator with the likelyhood of a supplementary assessment.

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