Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5645C

Course Title: Conduct environmental audits

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5302 - Diploma of Logistics

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lawrence Christoffelsz

Nominal Hours: 80

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

The unit generally applies to those with responsibility for resource coordination and allocation who are required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements and workplace procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TLIU5006A Conduct environmental audits


1 Prepare for environmental audit

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant legislation, authority and enterprise requirements pertinent to the operations of the workplace are identified and followed
1.2 Practices and facilities required to be audited are identified and implications of non-conformance established
1.3 Technical and/or calibration requirements for audits are noted and, where necessary, appropriate support personnel are identified
1.4 Work schedules are investigated to identify appropriate schedule for audit


2 Schedule internal audit

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Audit timings are planned to ensure that relevant procedures are conducted within workplace agreed time intervals and timeframes
2.2 Audit frequency is adjusted to ensure minimal disruption to the workplace
2.3 Contact is made with appropriate personnel and appointments for the audit are made


3 Conduct environmental audit and document findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Operational procedures and assessment methods for the environmental audit are confirmed with affected personnel
3.2 Observations and interviews are conducted with (any) required approved third party
3.3 Documentation of observations and interview responses is completed


4 Report environmental
Audit results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Outcomes of the audit process are compared to workplace procedures
4.2 Audit results are discussed with relevant personnel
4.3 Reports of non-compliance are documented including options for environmental system improvements
4.4 Reports are forwarded to appropriate personnel for action

Learning Outcomes

This course delivers the skills and knowledge required to conduct an environmental audit in accordance with relevant environmental protection regulatory requirements and workplace procedures. This includes preparing for an environmental audit, scheduling an internal audit, conducting an environmental audit, documenting the findings, and reporting on the environmental audit results.

Details of Learning Activities

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

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to tutorial activities and interactive sessions.
The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group 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


Week Week Commencing Topics
1 7 July  (1) Course Induction
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents
• Online learning environment
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
(2) Pre-Training Review
• Includes skills analysis and Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
(3) Introduction to the course - Understanding sustainability and environmental auditing
2 14 July  Legal aspects of environmental protection
3 21 July

 Defining the scope of a sustainability policy

4 28 July

 Policy development processes and practices

5 4 Aug  Evaluating business requirements
6 11 Aug

 Engaging stakeholders

7 18 Aug

 Developing a workplace sustainability policy

8 25 Aug  Implement and review a sustainability policy
  1 Sep Mid-semester break 
9 8 Sep  Defining the scope of environmental audits
 10 15 Sep  Defining the scope of environmental audits
11 22 Sep  Conducting an environmental audit
12 29 Sep  Conducting an environmental audit
13 6 Oct

 ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems.

14 13 Oct  ISO 14010 – Environmental Auditing
15 20 Oct Revision and Review
16 27 Oct Resits and Resubmissions

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with EMPL5905c Develop workplace policy & procedures for sustainability

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

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.

Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with EMPL5905c Develop workplace policy & procedures for sustainability

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

AAssessment Task 1 – Sustainability policy development.
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 9
Group or Individual: This is a group assignment to be completed in groups of no more than 3 persons.

Purpose: Growing concerns about the environment are causing changes to the way that organisations operate and are leading to new practices and technologies aimed at reducing an enterprise’s carbon footprint. As a manager or small business owner in the T&L industry it is important to keep up to date with these changes and to understand how to develop and implement sustainable work practices in your organisation.

Requirements: To demonstrate that you have the required skills and knowledge to effectively implement workplace policy and procedures for sustainability you will need to complete a detailed Sustainability Policy document for a transport logistics organisation, which is entering a new international market. You will need to give consideration to local government policies and practices. A template for the policy document is provided.

Assessment Task 2 – Sustainability policy presentation
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 10
Group or Individual: This is a group assignment to be completed in groups of no more than 3 persons.

Purpose: A policy is of limited value unless it has appropriate implementation. This includes working with stakeholders, training staff and communicating the policy.

Requirements: Your presentation should last approximately 15 Minutes and is to be completed in class.

Assessment Task 3 – Environmental Audit.
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 14
Group or Individual: This is a group assessment to be completed in groups of no more than 6 persons.

An environmental audit is an assessment of the nature and extent of harm (or risk of harm) to the environment posed by an industrial process or activity, waste, substance or noise. Many organisations are now using environmental audit as a tool to assist in assessing the condition of the environment they manage (or can influence) so they can reduce environmental risks and demonstrate their accountability and compliance.

For this assessment task you will need access to a Transport and Logistics company. As you are in a large group it is expected that you should be able to identify, contact and arrange a site visit at a company for your group.

Assessment Matrix

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.

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.

Other Information

Submission requirements:
You are required to meet the following criteria for all assessments. Failure to do so may result in you being deemed not-yet-competent:

• Submit all assessment tasks online through blackboard, and include the RMIT e-submission declaration (see below).
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.

Electronic Submission
When submitting work online, you need to include the cover sheet supplied by your teacher. This includes the following declaration:

RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration.

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent (NYC) in an Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission to demonstrate competence. 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”.

Late Submissions
Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form availabile at the following link with your teacher:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student 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. More information on special consideration and how to apply can be found here:

Final Date for All Assessments
No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after 5pm Friday, week 16.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website:

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