Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5742C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4326 - Certificate IV in Education Support

Course Contact : Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9183

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Dean: Teacher

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

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

Course Description

This course 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


1 Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material
1.2 Identifyhazards 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 Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:

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 Contribute to WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

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 Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:

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 Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Application of this unit should be contextualised to reflect any specific workplace risks, hazards and associated safety practices.  On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities:
Group discussion
Research assignments
Guest speakers
Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios
Individual and group projects - Completion of Projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.
Realistic simulations and role play
Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
Oral Presentations
Your program consists of a combination of learning activities through a range of delivery methods including: face to face teaching, online activities and Directed Study and you are expected to participate in professional placement. You work independently to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
Semester 2

Week 1
Work Health and Safety (WHS) Legislation, standard and codes of practice; state/territory
Roles and responsibilities of relevant WHS officers and representatives

Week 2
Identifying and addressing hazards and risk, hierarchy of risk control
Infection control
E1, E2

Week 3
Hazard identification
Reporting hazards in the workplace
E1, E2

Week 4
Safe work practices and procedures
Safety signs
E1, E2
Assessment Task 1: Evidence guide

Week 5
Emergency equipment
E1, E2

Week 6
Emergency procedures in the workplace
E1, E2, E3

Assessment Task 2: Project 1 – Research/Q&A

Week 7
Contribute to WHS processes

Week 8
Contribute to workplace meetings and inspections
Contribute to workplace risk assessment

Week 9
Conducting a workplace assessment
E1, E2, E3, E4
Assessment Task 3: Project 2 - Oral presentation/Q&A

Week 10
Applying and evaluating workplace safety procedures
E3, E4

Reflecting on practical experiences contributing to WHS processes
Assessment interview – review folio of final assessments e.g :Evidence Guide, Projects 1 and 2/Oral presentation, Evidence of practical experience contributing to WHS processes e.g. observation/ demonstration, Third party

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this unit. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the City/Brunswick Library)
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:
• Direct observation of actual and simulated work practice
• Oral or written questioning
• Assignments and projects
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Work-based activities
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

Assessment Tasks

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment Task 1: Evidence guide
Assessment Task 2: Project 1 – Research/Q&A
Assessment Task 3: Project 2 - Oral presentation/Q&A
Evidence of practical experience contributing to WHS processes e.g. observation/ demonstration, Third party
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:
CA – Competency achieved
NYC – Not Yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students will be asked to attend mid semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator.

Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagarism and and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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