Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5830C

Course Title: Ensure a safe workplace

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

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

Justin Briggs

Nominal Hours: 60

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 unit applies to managers working in a range of contexts. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements. Those who have or are likely to have responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role should undertake this unit.

The unit is relevant for people with obligations under WHS legislation, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace


1. Establish and maintain a WHS management system

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Locate and communicate OHS policies which clearly express the organisation's commitment to implement relevant OHS legislation in the enterprise
1.2. Define OHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel in accordance with OHS policies, procedures and programs
1.3. Identify and approve financial and human resources for the effective operation of the OHS system


2. Establish and maintain effective and compliant participation arrangements for managing WHS

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Establish and maintain participative arrangements with employees and their representatives in accordance with relevant OHS legislation
2.2. Appropriately resolve issues raised through participative arrangements and consultation
2.3. Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation in a manner accessible to employees


3. Establish and maintain procedures for effectively identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks
3.2. Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes
3.3. Develop and maintain procedures for selection and implementation of risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control
3.4. Identify inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control and promptly provide resources to enable implementation of new measures
3.5. Identify intervention points for expert OHS advice


4. Evaluate and maintain a WHS management system

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Develop and provide an OHS induction and training program for all employees as part of the organisation's training program
4.2. Utilise system for OHS record keeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation
4.3. Measure and evaluate the OHS system in line with the organisation's quality systems framework
4.4. Develop and implement improvements to the OHS

Learning Outcomes

This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area according to WHS legislative requirements

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


WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment
16 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
213 JulyWHS Management Systems 
320 July

WHS Management Systems

427 July

Consultation, Induction and Training

53 AugConsultation, Induction and Training 
610 Aug

Hazard Reporting

717 Aug

Incident Reporting

823 AugContinuous Improvement in WHS


 31 AugMid-semester break  
97 SepRisk Management Standards and the Risk Context Assessment Task 1 Due
 1014 SepRisk Management Standards and the Risk Context 
1121 SepIdentify and Document Risks 
1228 SepAnalyse and Evaluate Risks Assessment task 2 Due
135 Oct

Treating Risks - Risk Control Measures

1412 OctTreating Risks - Risk Control MeasuresAssessment Task 3 Due
1519 OctRevision and Review 
1626 OctResits and Resubmissions  

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM 6458c Manage risk

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency 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.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. 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.

Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with BUSM 6458c Manage risk

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

 Assessment Task 1 – Manage a workplace OHS system
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 9 - Friday 11 September - 5.00pm
Group or Individual: This is an Individual assessment task.

Purpose: As an employer or manager you must provide a safe and healthy workplace for your workers and contractors. This includes providing safe machinery/equipment and safe systems of work. It also includes identifying and controlling risks and hazards, providing training and supervision as required as well as providing adequate systems and processes for consultation and action in OHS matters.

Requirements: For this assessment task you are the Manager of JM Transport Pty Ltd. The company has just purchased a new warehouse and, according to organisational requirements, procedures for staff induction, identifying hazards and controlling risks need to be developed. There are two parts to this assessment – an OHS induction program and procedures for identifying hazards and controlling risks.

Assessment Task 2 – Continuous improvement in OHS and Risk Management
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 12 - Friday 2 October - 5.00pm
Group or Individual: This is an individual assignment

OHS is a continuing issue in the workplace and needs constant attention. Placing excessive reliance upon standard OHS practices and existing policies can lead to complacency and accidents. As a manger, you need to continually work towards improvement in OHS, and managing risks.

For this assessment task you need write some general recommendations about how an OHS system can best be evaluated and continuously improved. You should draw upon your knowledge of your own organisation as well as additional research undertaken in this program when formulating your recommendations. Your report should be no more than 500 words.

Assessment Task 3 – Risk Management Plan
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 14 - Friday 16 October - 5.00pm
Group or Individual: This is an Individual assessment task.

Purpose: Risks to an organisation’s ability to operate effectively can come from a range of sources. These can include uncertainty in financial markets, project failures, legal liabilities, credit risk, accidents, natural causes and disasters as well as deliberate attack from an adversary.
As a Manager in the Transport and Logistics Industry, you will need to put systems and processes in place to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks to the organisation.

Requirements: For this assessment you will need to develop a Risk Management Plan for a transport and logistics organisation of your choice. To assist you to complete the plan a Risk Management Plan Template is provided. The template is divided into 4 sections and is designed to be completed as you work your way through the unit.

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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