Course Title: Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5596C

Course Title: Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5282 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Brian Long

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

This unit of competency has no prerequisite(s).

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to monitor and maintain the occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental programs within a work area where the person has some supervisory responsibility for others. Personnel will be able to participate in risk assessment and management processes, such as working with other staff to assess and manage risks associated with technical activities, coaching others in participating in OHS and environmental management issues, being a safety representative or participating in a safety committee. Their work is done in accordance with defined enterprise policies and procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL944001A Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety


1. Perform all work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Use established work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel
1.2. Clean, care for and store equipment, materials and reagents as required
1.3. Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts
1.4. Ensure safe disposal of laboratory/hazardous wastes


2. Ensure others in the work group are able to implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Ensure hazard controls and personal protective clothing and equipment appropriate to the work requirements are available and functional
2.2. Provide and communicate current information on OHS and environmental policies, procedures and programs to others
2.3. Ensure hazards and control measures relating to work responsibilities are known by those in the work area
2.4. Provide support to those in the work area to implement procedures to support safety
2.5. Identify and address training needs within level of responsibility


3. Monitor observance of safe work practices in the work area

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Ensure enterprise procedures are clearly defined, documented and followed
3.2. Identify any deviation from identified procedures and report and address within level of responsibility
3.3. Ensure personal behaviour is consistent with enterprise policies and procedures
3.4. Encourage and follow up others to identify and report hazards in the work area
3.5. Monitor conditions and follow up to ensure housekeeping standards in the work area are maintained


4. Participate in risk management processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Report and address any identified hazards and inadequacies in existing risk controls within level of responsibility and according to enterprise procedures
4.2. Participate in risk assessments to identify and analyse risks
4.3. Support the implementation of procedures to control risk (based on the hierarchy of control)
4.4. Ensure records of incidents in the work area and other required documentation are accurately completed and maintained according to enterprise procedures and legislative requirements


5. Support the implementation of participative arrangements

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Inform and consult work group on OHS and environmental issues relevant to the work role
5.2. Promptly report outcomes of consultation on OHS and environmental issues back to the work group
5.3. Resolve, or promptly refer to appropriate personnel, matters raised relating to OHS and the environment


6. Support the implementation of emergency procedures within the work group

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Ensure that enterprise procedures for dealing with incidents and emergencies are available and known by work group
6.2. Implement processes to ensure that others in the work area are able to respond appropriately to incidents and emergencies
6.3. Participate, as required, in investigations of hazardous incidents to identify their cause

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

online activities

group work

role play

risk assessment

Teaching Schedule

18/2no class

Lab safety introduction
Lab survey

322/2Biological safety overview
on line quiz
41/3Chemical safety overview
On Line quiz

Review questions

614/3Risk assessment
legislation review
On line quiz
721/3Manual handling/Chemical safety review
On line quiz
Retrieve information from MSDS

no class, exam week

911/4no class Easter break
1018/4Fire safety
On line quiz
1125/4No Class Anzac Day
122/5Radiation/Biological safety review
Role Plays
139/5 First Aid
1416/5 Psychological stress
15 23/5 Talks, Review
16 30/5 Talks, worksheet
 17 6/6 Test
 18 13/6 alternative asessments

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam

Assessment Tasks

Students will not receive a grade for this course. Instead they will be assessed as competent or not yet competent.

To gain competence students must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks as follows

  • all online quizzes
  • assignments
  • group work
  • presentation

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.
It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher. 

Students are required to submit work on the due date at the School Office using the cover sheets provided. The work will be accepted through the School Office and you will receive a receipt which you should keep as proof of submission. Students must NOT submit work directly to the teacher.
To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (tests, reports, assignments)
For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (eg pass the tests but fail the prac reports).
Additional assessment may be provided at the discretion of the Program Coordinator if your average test mark is above 45% and you have passed all other assessments.
Students must attend at least 80% of practical classes. If you miss a prac class you should provide a copy of your medical certificate or other evidence (court appearance, funeral notice, statutory declaration) to the teacher.
Extension of time for submission of assessable work- 

* A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date 

* They must lodge the application form (available on the web) at least the day before the due date 

* The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51
* Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web)

For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

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