Course Title: Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5588C

Course Title: Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4274 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Peter Hassall

Nominal Hours: 40

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct an OHS risk analysis, including the inspection of workplaces for hazards. The development and implementation of appropriate responses, including responses required by state or territory legislation and regulations, to mitigate the risks are also addressed. The unit requires candidates to have a comprehensive and appropriate understanding of the complex range of legislative and workplace requirements to manage risk in building and construction workplaces.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace


1. Determine areas of potential risk in the building and construction workplace.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Specific risks for the range of occupations in the workplace are identified and prioritised.
1.2. Construction site safety is evaluated and construction hazards and potential risk areas are identified in accordance with legislative requirements for OHS and company policies.
1.3. Hazards are identified and prioritised and required approaches to remediation are documented.


2. Inspect and report on areas of specific risk.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Inspection of the workplace is conducted to identify specific risks for the range of identified occupations.
2.2. Expert advice, including advice from workplace personnel, is sought as appropriate.
2.3. Inspection report is completed in accordance with best practice and statutory obligations.


3. Advise on implementation of control measures at the building and construction workplace.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Recommendations are made from findings of inspection report.
3.2. Relevant parties are consulted regarding compliance issues relating to statutory requirements.
3.3. Agreed control measures are implemented in conjunction with relevant workplace personnel.
3.4. Effectiveness of control measures are monitored and reviewed.


4. Establish and review communications and educational programs.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Effective strategies for communicating OHS policy and practice are determined in consultation with appropriate personnel.
4.2. Communication strategies and educational programs specific to the building and construction industry and in accordance with statutory requirements and best practice are established.
4.3. Effectiveness of the communication and educational programs is reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities.
They include On campus lessons, workshop projects, workplace & site visits, simulated workplace learning, Online learning via blackboard and other elearning platforms. students will be observed and assessed through planned activites throughout the duration of the course.

This Unit of competancy is clustered with the following Units.

CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry (also called the CI CARD or Red Card).

CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes & standards to the construction process for low rise projects.
CPCCBC4006A Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise construction
CPCCBC4012A Read and interpret plans and specifications.

Teaching Schedule

Weekly themes

Week 1 Introduction to RMIT and Program
Week 2 Computers & PPE
Week 3 OH&S CI Card
Week 4 Formwork
Week 5 Concrete slabs
Week 6 Concrete slabs & reinforcement
Week 7 Demolition
Week 8 Field trip & site visits
Week 9 Floor framing
Week 10 flooring
Week 11 Screeding floors
Week 12 Wall framing
Week 13 Plastering & Wall Lining
Week 14 Plastering & Finishing
Week 15 waterproofing
Week 16 Tiling
Week 17 Demolition
Week 18 Field trip & site visits
Week 19 Brickwork
Week 20 Metal & steel construction.
Week 21 Roofing
Week 22 Ceilings
Week 23 Wall framing
Week 24 Roof cladding
Week 25 windows & Flashings
Week 26 Roof cladding
Week 27 Site Visit
Week 28 Fire Control & BAL
Week 29 Stairs & Termites
Week 30 Doors & Windows
Week 31 Glazing & Painting
Week 32 stormwater & temporary services

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Occupational Health and Safety Act. Construction Industry OHS pocket book


Other Resources

Throughtout the year Students will have access to most of the learning material on Blackboard and Via the worksafe web site.

Students will be presented with some of the learning material in class.
MSDS sheets and other learning material will be accessed via the Manufactures web sites as required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.Students will be asked to personally demonstrate to the teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals. 

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent. 



Assessment 1

Observations Written Questions and Project


Assessment 2

Case Study and Project


these tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria

Assessment 1

Assessment 2









































Assessment Tasks

This course is clustered with CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes & standards to the construction process for low rise projects. Please refer to course guide B CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes & standards to the construction process for low rise projects for assessment tasks relating to this course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Students will be required to attend a blend of theory and workshop classes on campus.

It is essential that students provide the nessesary Personal Protection equipment while working in the workshop or on site.

Competency requirements and Grading:

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

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. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CAG (Competent with Pass) to pass this course. In any assessment 50% equates to being Competent with Pass.
Higher gradings are available. The final grade for the course is calculated taking into account the weighting given to the separate assessments.

Gradings available are:
CAG - 50 to 59 - Competent with Pass, CC - 60 to 69 - Competent with Credit, CDI - 70 to 79 - Competent with distinction, CHD - 80 to 100 - Competent with High Distinction. NYC - 0 to 49 - Not Yet Competent DNS Did not Submit

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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