Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5710C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C4320 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit specifies the workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

Application of this unit should be contextualised to reflect any specific workplace risks, hazards and associated safety practices

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


Contribute to hazard
identification, WHS risk
assessment and risk control


Contribute to WHS
participative processes


Participate in the control of
emergency situations


Plan and conduct work


Support others in working

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Identify hazards as part of work planning and work process
1.3 Address identified hazards prior to starting work using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities
1.4 Report residual risk according to organisation procedures
1.5 Report incidents and injuries in line with organisation policies and procedures
1.6 Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Monitor own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely and sustainably

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with others, including members of the work group where relevant
2.2 Check the WHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup or other stakeholders in the work context
2.3 If appropriate provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely
2.4 If appropriate support others accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures

3.1 Raise WHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures within appropriate timeframes
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members or other stakeholders to contribute to workplace safety

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls within appropriate timeframes
4.2 Check the workplace for hazards using itemised checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures
4.3 Contribute to risk assessments
4.4 Provide input to development and implementation of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of risk control

5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and respond to them appropriately
5.2 Take initial action to control/confine emergency according to organisation procedures, and taking account of the nature and scope of the emergency
5.3 Implement emergency response procedures within scope of training and competence

Details of Learning Activities

Facilitator led class on safety in the workplace: legal aspects, risks management, safe work practices and emergency procedures workplace via Power Point presentation and classroom discussion and small group activity.

Topic 1: The legislative & organisational framework for WHS:

The laws, regulations & codes of practice and Legal requirements in the workplace.
What is workplace safety?
Laws, regulations & codes of practice.
Legal requirements in the workplace.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Supporting others in the workplace.

Topic 2: Risk management :

The difference between hazard, risk and residual risk.
Near misses and accidents. Risk Assessment .
Risk (hierarchy of ) control. Reporting.
Risk management (The Take 5 approach).

Topic 3: Safe workplace practices:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Managing stress and fatigue.
Manual handling. Ergonomics.
Handling chemicals.
Infection control (introduction).
Radiation. Waste
Safety signs.

Topic 4: Emergency procedures:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Evacuation procedures.
Medical emergencies and first aid .
Bomb threat.
Natural disasters.

Clinical experience in the student’s workplace.

Self managed research of their workplace, completion of the HLTWHS WorkBook , including  third party evidence.

Teaching Schedule

As per Certificate IV in Dental Assisting timetable.

Three-hour facilitator led classroom based lecture program via Power Point presentation, classroom discussion and small group activities on the role of the dental assistant  in maintaining a safe work environment. Students are explained how to access the HLTWHS300A from myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard) and students read the Learner Guide and complete the WorkBook in preparation for the written test.

Topic 1: The legislative & organisational framework for WHS: What is workplace safety? The laws, regulations & codes of practice, legal requirements in the workplace and supporting others in the workplace.
Topic 2: Risk management : The differences between hazard,risk and residual risk, near misses and accidents , risk assessment , risk (hierarchy of ) control, reporting and risk management (The Take 5 approach).
Topic 3: Safe workplace practices: Housekeeping , personal protective equipment (PPE) , managing stress and fatigue , manual handling , ergonomics , handling chemicals, infection control (introduction), radiation, and safety signs.
Topic 4: Emergency procedures: Evacuation procedures, fire, medical emergencies and first aid, bomb threats and natural disasters.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks.


Other Resources

Australian Dental Association Inc (2012) ADA Guidelines for Infection Control,  

Australian Dental Association Vic Branch (2005) Systematic Operating Procedures A manual for infection control and operational safety for the dental practice.\

Australian Standards AS/NZS 4815 (2006), which can be accessed via the RMIT Library Web Pages

Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010)

 Hazard Tools:

Lee, G & Bishop, P (2009) Microbiology and infection control for health professionals 4th Ed, Pearson.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all chemicals, medicaments and materials used at your dental practice (Obtained from Dental Supply companies or via web search)

Miller,C & Palenik,M (2005) Infection Control & the management of hazardous materials for the dental team 3rd ed, Mosby

Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004)

RMIT Occupational Health and Safety Videos:

myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

OHS Reps @Work:\

SafeWork Australia:

 WorkSafe Victoria:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Officewise - A guide to health and safety in the office: accessible from the WorkSafe website.

Swarmer, T.J. Mosby Dental Dictionary 2nd Ed. Mosby Inc Sydney.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include quizzes,  written work and third party report.

Assessment Tasks

HLTWHS300A written test Assessment weight = 90%

Third Party Evidence Form: signed by Workplace Supervisor: Assessment weight = 10%

Please note: The Third Party Evidence Document has been designed for workplace implementation. Completion of the document provides a student with the opportunity to gain constructive feedback from Supervisors/mentors and allows the Supervisor/mentor to evaluate the student’s progress and provide the RMIT teacher/assessor with any relevant feedback as to the progress and application and development of the student’s skills and knowledge in safe work practices.

The learner guide, workbook and the third party evidence documents are aligned directly with the desired learning outcomes of this unit of competency and as such will provide students with study direction and focus in work based training.


Assessment Matrix

Elements 1 - 4: HLTWHS300A written test

Elements 1 - 4: Third Party Evidence

Other Information

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Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit your learning guide, you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.
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 Non completion or non-submission of compulsory tasks:
Failure to complete any or all of the compulsory tasks listed above will prevent the student from achieving a CA (competency achieved) result for unit HLTWHS300A. This will result in the student not completing the unit successfully. “NYC” (not yet competent) will be recorded and re-enrolment will be required to continue the unit/program. Fees will be incurred.
Please note: A second opportunity for assessment will not be granted unless the student has applied for and been granted special consideration as per RMIT Assessment Policy. Refer to the following for further information:

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