Course Title: Participate in OHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5598C

Course Title: Participate in OHS processes

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills

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 course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to participate in workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) processes to protect workers own health and safety, and that of others.

This course applies to individuals who require a fundamental knowledge of OHS to carry out their own work which may be in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility. This course has broad applicability across industries and workplace contexts.    

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes


1. Work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Follow established safety procedures when conducting work
1.2. Carry out pre-start systems and equipment checks in accordance with workplace procedures


1. Work safely


2. Implement workplace safety requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify designated persons for reporting queries and concerns about safety in the workplace
2.2. Identify existing and potential hazards in the workplace, report them to designated persons and record them in accordance with workplace procedures
2.3. Identify and implement workplace procedures and work instructions for controlling risks
2.4. Report emergency incidents and injuries to designated persons


3. Participate in OHS consultative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Contribute to workplace meetings, inspections or other consultative activities
3.2. Raise OHS issues with designated persons in accordance with organisational procedures
3.3. Take actions to eliminate workplace hazards or to reduce risks


4. Follow safety procedures

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Identify and report emergency incidents
4.2. Follow organisational procedures for responding to emergency incidents

Learning Outcomes

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • accurately following all relevant safety procedures
  • identifying and reporting hazards to designated personnel
  • knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation
  • knowledge of relevant materials, equipment and work processes.
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • project work
  • independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Details of Learning Activities

Participate in OHS processes is delivered as an online course through the RMIT blackboard system. You will be expected to read and research specific content each week in order to answer a series of questionnaires, conduct risk analysis and solve OHS problems. The focus of the research will change each week as you learn about various aspects of OHS. The unit will run for 6 weeks and is 12 hours in duration.

There is a range of online learning activities, reading and assessment tasks including:
Online questionnaire

Risk assessment

Emergency procedures

Safety audits.

Teaching Schedule

Week Class Content Task Elements
1 Introduction to OHS. The requirements of the Unit are explained and assessment tasks are given out. Students are directed to OHS websites and links as resources. Students have a clear understanding of the expectations and assessment requirements of this Unit of Competency. Blackboard and how to access OHS on-line is explained. 1.1
2 Assessment task: RMIT OH&S on-line questionnaire. Students complete an RMIT University OHS questionnaire. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of RMIT organisational OHS as well as relevant industry OHS legislation 2.1
3 Accident and Emergency Procedures. Students access basic first aid information as relevant to possible risks they may encounter in their study. Evacuation in case of Fire is discussed. Students learn how to recognise accidents and potential emergencies and what to do in these situations. 2.1 – 3.3
4 Assessment Task: Safety Audit of Building 94. Students are given a plan drawing of Building 94 and asked to identify escape routes, OHS Students gain relevant and first hand knowledge of emergency procedures and have a comprehensive understanding of fire and accident procedure. 3.1 – 3.3
5 ‘Hazards in the Arts’ – Monona Rossel. Students view Chemical Hygienist Monona Rossel discussing OHS, potential hazards and risks for practicing artists and safe art practice. Students learn about the hazards and OHS implications to themselves through the materials they into contact with in the production of their artwork. This knowledge extends to a high level understanding of personal health and safety in the artist’s workplace. 1.1 – 4.2
6 Assessment Task: Art Hazards’ Questions. Students answer a series of question in relation to the information they have learnt from watching ‘Hazards in the Arts’ Knowledge is tested and affirmed through solving a series of problems that relate to the student’s own personal health and safety awareness. 1.1 – 4.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this course:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • demonstration of techniques
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of documentation identifying and reporting emergency incidents.    

Assessment Tasks

1: OHS for RMIT Students. Questions related to an emergency evacuation.
2: Anatomy of an accident: What went wrong? Write an analysis of a printmaking studio accident.
3: Hazards in the arts - Questionnaire. Questionnaire from the Monona Rossol movie.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency. These are available through the course contract in Program Administration.

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