Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5122C

Course Title: Contribute to OHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99257643

Course Contact Email:

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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

Nil required.

Course Description

This course describes essential aspects of OHS as they arise in the field of nursing. It also familiarizes learners with the concepts of OHS processes which can be applied across a wide variety of work settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes


1. Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan work in accordance with relevant provisions of OHS 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 OHS housekeeping in work area
1.7 Maintain and update own knowledge of OhS issues as they apply to workplace systems
1.8 Manage own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely


2. Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with members of the work group
2.2 Check the OHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup
2.3 Provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely
2.4 Support members of the workgroup to accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures


3. Contribute to OHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raise OHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures
3.2 Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities in a constructive manner to improve safety
3.3 Provide assistance to workgroup members to contribute to workplace safety
3.4 Apply knowledge of roles and responsibilities of OHS representatives and OHS committees


4. Contribute to hazard identification, OHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls
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 control


5. Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify emergency signals and alarms and responded 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

Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required to Check the workplace for hazards and risks using an itemised checklist and provide advice and feedback in a constructive and supportive manner on OH&S issues.

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom participation, case studies, small group discussion, self directed learning, online learning activities, workbooks.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Crisp, J. & Taylor, C. 2009, 3rd ed., Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing, Australia: Chatswood, N.S.W. : Elsevier Australia.
Brown, D., Edwards, H. (eds) 2008, 2nd ed., Lewis’s medical surgical nursing; assessment and management of clinical problems, Marrickville, N.S.W. : Elsevier Australia, 2008.
Funnell, R., Koutoukidis, G., Lawrence, K. 2009, Tabner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice, 5th Ed., Australia : Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier.
Perry, A. & Potter, P.A. 2010, Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques, 7th Ed., Mosby.Phillips, L .D. (2005).
Tollefson, J. (2010) Clinical Psychomotor Skills Assessment Tools for Nursing Students. 4rd Ed. South Melbourne. Cengage.


Other Resources

See resources provided in work book

Overview of Assessment

Assignment, Practical assessment, Observation and assessment in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

Assignment, workplace assessment, Observation of workplace (clinical placement) performance.  Workbooks and on-line work also need to be satisfactorily completed to achieve competency

Assessment Matrix

Assignment, workplace assessment, Clinical placement skill assessment

Other Information

This unit of comptence is recorded as either CA, (competency achieved) or NYC ( not yet competent) or DNS (did not sit).

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