Course Title: Contribute to health and safety of self and others

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: OHTH5873C

Course Title: Contribute to health and safety of self and others

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4362 - Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Course Contact: Ben Sethia

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1374

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Colin Byron



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 describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes.

It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others


1. Work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow provided safety procedures and instructions when working

1.2 Carry out pre start systems and equipment checks according to workplace procedures

1.3 Follow workplace procedures for responding to emergency incidents


2. Implement work safety requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify designated persons to whom queries and concerns about safety in the workplace should be directed

2.2 Identify existing and potential hazards in the workplace, report them to designated persons and record them according to workplace procedures

2.3 Identify and implement WHS procedures and work instructions

2.4 Identify and report emergency incidents and injuries to designated persons according to workplace procedures

2.5 Identify WHS duty holders and their duties for own work area


3. Participate in WHS consultative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Contribute to workplace meetings, inspections and other WHS consultative activities

3.2 Raise WHS issues with designated persons according to organisational procedures

3.3 Take actions to eliminate workplace hazards and reduce risks

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This course is about how to keep safe at work. You will learn skills and knowledge essential to enable you to protect your own workplace health and safety and that of others.

Many employees are injured at work because they have not been aware of how to protect themselves and others.
It is essential that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in workplace health and safety processes to protect your own health and safety and that of other.
You will learn how to identify and report safety incidents and practise responding to emergency procedures.
You will also gain some understanding of how WH&S processes are conducted at work and how to report and raise issues in accordance with workplace procedures.

You will be using a range of on-line activities for this course. The weekly activities will include problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated /  real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

This course has been designed to be delivered by on-line self-directed learning through student use of the Blackboard. There are a series of Portfolio of Evidence tasks which must be submitted on-line by the date required in Blackboard. There will be two scheduled face-to-face classes in weeks 9 and 16. Please ensure that you refer to your class timetable for the time and room reference.


Sept 5 2016    

Topic 1 Work Safely

1.1 Safety Procedures and Instructions

1.2 Carry out pre start systems and equipment checks


Read Blackboard notes

Research workplace safety

Refer sample equipment and safety check list

Complete online Portfolio of Evidence Activity


Sept 12 2016

1.3 Emergency Procedures 

Read Blackboard notes

Review RMIT emergency procedures

Complete online Portfolio of evidence activity


Sept 19 2016

1.3 Emergency Procedures 

Read Blackboard notes.

Review RMIT Emergency procedures

Complete online Portfolio of Evidence Activity


Sept 26 2016 

 Topic 2 Implement Work Safety Requirements

2.1  Identify designated Safety Officers

2.2 identify hazards in the workplace


 Read Blackboard notes.

Watch video on Workplace inspections

Complete online Portfolio of evidence activity


October 3 2016

 2.3 Implement WHS procedures and instructions

2.4 Identify and report emergency incidents

2.5 Identify WHS duty holders


 Read Blackboard notes

Complete Portfolio of evidence activity




October 10 2016

 Topic 3 Participate in WHS Consultative processes

3.1  Contribute to WHS Consultative Activities

3.2 Raise WHS issues to designated persons

3.3 Eliminate workplace hazards and reduce risks


 Read Blackboard notes

Complete ONLINE Portfolio of Evidence activity


October 17 2016

 Final On-Line TestComplete and submit on line test via blackboard 









Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Contribute to Health and Safety of Self and Others  - Long & Torres



Other Resources

Other learning materials including case studies, website activities and videos will be placed on the blackboard site. Students will need to access this site on a weekly basis to chack for announcements and to access materials.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • follow all relevant procedures and instructions relating to work health and safety (WHS) and emergency incidents
  • identify and report hazards to designated personnel
  • contribute to WHS consultative processes.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • explain workplace safety procedures and instructions including:
    • checking systems and equipment
    • conducting routine work operations
    • requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • how to report incidents and injuries
  • explain emergency procedures including those for fires and incidents
  • define the meaning of commonly used hazard signs and safety symbols
  • summarise the duty holder responsibilities, as specified in WHS Acts, regulations and codes of practice, of:
    • self and fellow workers
    • persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs)
    • officers
    • others in the workplace
  • explain the difference between hazards and risks
  • describe typical WHS hazards that may be present in the workplace, the harm they can cause and how this harm occurs
  • outline the process of hazard identification and risk reduction.

 Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced by individuals carrying out work health and safety duties in the workplace and include access to:

  • relevant organisational policies, standard operating procedures and work instructions
  • relevant Acts, regulations, codes of practice
  • workplace tools, equipment and resources
  • personal protective equipment appropriate to the role and work area.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.       

Assessment Tasks

1. Portfolio of Evidence Activities

You will be asked to complete a portfolio of evidence which includes weekly based activity tasks. You must submit the tasks throughout the semester by the deadline indicated on the weekly schedule of class activities. All Portfolio of Evidence tasks MUST be completed and submitted online via Blackboard. You must be assessed as Competent in these tasks. All tasks must be submitted prior to taking the on-line Final test.


2. Final On-Line Test

A final on-line test comprising Multiple Choice and True/False questions must be completed in week 15 of the course. The test will cover all 3 elements of the subject (as per the Blackboard material). You will have multiple attempts to complete the test in week 15. Once you have been assessed as Competent for the Portfolio of Evidence activities and the Final on-line test, you will be graded accordingly (Refer below).

Assessment Matrix

When submitting assessments you should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.
You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.
Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.
The grading is according to the following criteria:

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative while proccessing transactions and extracting reports.

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in processing financial transactions. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of double entry bookkeeping principles and procedures involved when processing financial transactions and preparing reports.

We are looking for techniques to be used in problem solving, using appropriate technology and methodology to assist in recording data and preparing reports. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in bookkeeping and reporting.

We expect to see effective planning, self management & work organization resulting in timely submission of all required assessment tasks

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions. In addition you should demonstrate a range of well-developed interpersonal skills appropriate to each task

Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.
More Information:
Form to use:
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
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Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.
Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
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