Course Title: Monitor a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: OHTH5470C

Course Title: Monitor a safe workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4222 - Certificate IV in International Trade

Course Contact : John Fowler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5666

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Barry Whyms 9925 5437

Nominal Hours: 50

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 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor the organisation’s occupational health and safety (OHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area to meet legislative requirements.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements applt to this unit at time of endorsement

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS407A Monitor a safe workplace


1. Provide information to the workgroup about OHS policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Accurately explain relevant provisions of OHS legislation and codes of practice to the workgroup
1.2. Provide information to the workgroup on the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and programs, ensuring it is readily accessible by the workgroup
1.3. Regularly provide and clearly explain information about identified hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control to the workgroup


2. Implement and monitor participative arrangements for the management of OHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Explain the importance of effective consultative mechanisms in managing health and safety risks
2.2. Implement and monitor consultative procedures to facilitate participation of workgroup in management of work area hazards
2.3. Promptly deal with issues raised through consultation, in accordance with organisational consultation procedures
2.4. Promptly record and communicate to the workgroup the outcomes of consultation over OHS issues


3. Implement and monitor the organisation's procedures for providing OHS training

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Systematically identify OHS training needs in line with organisational requirements
3.2. Make arrangements to meet OHS training needs of team members in consultation with relevant individuals
3.3. Provide workplace learning opportunities, and coaching and mentoring assistance to facilitate team and individual achievement of identified training needs
3.4. Identify and report to management the costs associated with providing training for work team, for inclusion in financial plans


4. Implement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards and assessing risks

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Identify and report on hazards in work area in accordance with OHS policies and procedures
4.2. Promptly action team member hazard reports in accordance with organisational procedures


5. Implement and monitor the organisation's procedures for controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Implement procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of controls and organisational requirements
5.2. Identify and report inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of controls
5.3. Monitor outcomes of reported inadequacies, where appropriate, to ensure a prompt organisational response 


6. Implement and monitor the organisation’s procedures for maintaining OHS records for the team

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Accurately complete and maintain OHS records of incidents of occupational injury and disease in work area in accordance with OHS legal requirements
6.2. Use aggregate information and data from work area records to identify hazards and monitor risk control procedures in work area

Learning Outcomes

This course applies to indivuals with a broad knowledge of OHS policies who contribute well developed skills in creating solutions to unpredictable problems through analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources. They provide supervision and guidance to others and have limites responsibility for the output of others.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative class room based activities.

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include student contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice skills in a simulated workplace environment.

Teaching Schedule

Week and detail

1. Course requirements and organisation

2. OHS legislation and codes of practice

3. OHS Policies and procedures

4. Assess risk

5.  OHS consultation

6. Facilitate OHS participation

7. OHS training needs

8. OHS training budget

9. Identify hazards

10. Hazard reporting procedures

11. Hierarchy of risk controls

12. Develop risk control procedures

13. OHS incident reporting

14. Analyse work safety data

15. Course revision

16. Course feedback

17. Finalisation of results and follow up

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Available on line free from WorkSafe, ground floor, 222 Exhibition Street Officewise- A guide to health and safety in the office - WokSafe Victoria Consultation on health and safety - A Handbook for Workplaces - Worksafe Victoria Managing Safety in Your Workplace - WorkSafe Victoria


Burton, Kaye, 2002, Maintaining workplace sdafety, Tertiary Press (extracts on line) Heyes, F and Stewart, M, 2004  Occupational Health and Safety, McGraw Hill, Sydney (chapter 3 on line) Archer, R et al, 2009, OHS a management guide, Cengage, Australia

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit shall be assessed as per the performance criteria for each element and must ensure:

a. access to an actual workplace or simulated environment

b. access to office equipment and resources

c. examples of documentation relating to hazards in the work place

d. examples of documents relating to workplace safety, hazard identification and risk assessment

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress

Assessment comprises: Individual report on OHS legislation, Group Project of a worksite and Presentation

Assessment Tasks

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

One Test  - open book with  in class assignments

Critical aspects of assessment

The critical aspects of assessment are:
• Validity – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that it measures performance accurately and precisely
• Reliability – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that the measurements received are consistent over a period of time or a number of assessment events
• Fairness – the assessment tool is designed and implemented so that it is non-discriminatory and unambiguous
• Flexibility – the assessment tool is designed to allow for its application in a range of different contexts and conditions, and uses a range of methodologies.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Graded Assessment at RMIT
At RMIT, the grades to be used for VET programs are:
DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction

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