Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5712C

Course Title: Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4329 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0886

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mary Collins - Teacher, Disability Work, Oncampus programs (03) 99254598,

Maura Lynch - Teacher, Disability Work -Industry programs (03) 99254577,


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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course specifies the workplace performance required by an individual involved in following work health and safety procedures for direct care work.
The course focuses on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

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:

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

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

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


4. Identify other hazards and assess risk

Performance Criteria:

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


5.  Follow procedures and strategies for risk control

Performance Criteria:

5.1Report hazards in the work area to designated personnel according to workplace procedures
5.2Follow accurately workplace procedures and work instructions for controlling risks with minimal supervision
5.3Whenever 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:

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

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn about the legislation governing workplace health and safety practices,  the application of this to the disability services sector and your responsibilities as a disability support worker. The sessions will include those on environmental, behavioural and health risks and strategies, emergency procedures  and equipment used to minimize risks.  The Certificate IV in Disability Workincludes a field placement in a community disability service of 200 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this unit will be further developed during the placement.

Teaching Schedule

 Week Topics
10Course introduction inc. field placement preparation
11Rights needs and interests, balancing WHS and individual rights and dignity of risk.
12 Field Placement
13 Field Placement
14 Field Placement review - of WHS in the workplace as it occurs.
15 Manual Handling - session practising use of equipment, guidelines and practices, minimising hazards and risks
16 Infection control in the disability field.
17 Environmental assessments - students complete an environmental assessment of a specified building/venue
18 Review - legislation and policy, workers roles and responsibilties, client responsibilities.

NB:  Aspects of this unit including the legislative and regulatory framework will be addressed in other units in the Certificate IV in Disability such as CHCCS400C Work within a legal and ethical framework and CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community services sector.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to relevant sources of information including government websites for Worksafe, Department of Human Services (DHS), Safe Work Australia and other regulatory bodies. The WHS policy and practice documentation for the field placement agency will also be an important resource.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills which will include: A practical in-class assessment, short answer questions, a risk and hazard assessment and a field placement assessment.

Assessment Tasks

There are four assessment tasks for course unit:

1. Field Placement - a report on the workers’ roles and responsibilities in the field placement agency

2. Short answer questions - responses to a set of questions on infection/cross infection risks and control in the field agencies

3. in-class:  Environmental assessment checklist and comments on the risks in a specified building or venue.

4. Manual Handling - demonstration of safe use of hoists, beds, wheelchairs and other aids.

Assessment Matrix

A detailed assessment matrix will be available from the course teacher.

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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