Course Title: Manage work health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: OHTH5926C

Course Title: Manage work health and safety

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5345 - Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)

Course Contact: Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9079

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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 skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.

This course applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, 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:

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety


1. Establish work health and safety practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Access and interpret legislation,    regulations, code of conduct and workplace policies and procedures for WHS

1.2  Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks

1.3 Ensure risk controls and hazard-specific procedures are consistent with the hierarchy of control and are monitored to support compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements

1.4  Identify requirements for expert WHS advice, and request this advice as required


2. Facilitate consultation, cooperation and communication

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop and provide consultative WHS activities to provide advice in relation to work health and safety issues

2.2 Monitor processes for ensuring that workers have an opportunity to contribute feedback on health and safety issues

2.3 Document outcomes of consultation and communicate to workers

2.4 Develop and implement processes to ensure that responsibilities and duties are documented and accountability processes are in place

2.5 Implement and monitor training programs to ensure identified WHS training requirements are addressed, including induction process


3. Monitor compliance with risk control processes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop WHS record-keeping policies and procedures and provide information to workers

3.2 Monitor hazard, incident and injury reporting processes to meet legislative requirements and to inform future prevention strategies

3.3 Evaluate WHS record-keeping policies and procedures for compliance with legislative requirements


4. Evaluate and maintain WHS

Performance Criteria:

 4.1 Determine WHS priorities in consultation with work group

4.2 Develop a WHS action plan taking account of priorities and training needs

4.3 Identify potential barriers to improvement

4.4 Establish processes to monitor achievement against the plan and update plans as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes where information is shared through talks and group discussions, and workshops where exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time is spent during classes and workshops for students to work on group and individual assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Determining OHS requirements

·         The WHS/OS legislative and organisational framework

·         Accessing and interpreting codes, policies and procedures

·         Understanding common community services sector hazards, risks and their effects

Week 2

Conducting workplace risk assessments

·         Understanding the risk assessment process and procedures

·         Evaluating risk policies/procedures

·         Workshop on the risk assessment process

·         Students perform an assessed workplace risk assessment

Week 3

Coordinating emergency procedures

·         Dealing with emergencies and critical incidents

·         Procedures and roles for emergencies and critical incidents workshop

·         Students participate in a simulated, assessed situation to coordinate emergency evacuations of areas

Week 4

Facilitating consultation, cooperation and communication

·         Developing and providing consultative OHS activities to provide advice

·         Developing and implementing processes to ensure responsibility assignment and accountability

·         Implementing and monitoring training programs

Week 5

Assessment workshop and presentations

·         Consultative activities workshop

·         Students present and participate in assessed toolbox talks

Week 6

Monitoring and evaluating risks and procedures

·         Developing action plans

·         Preparing and presenting OHS policies and procedures

·         Monitoring plan progress and reviewing outcomes


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment task 1: Group assessment

Assessment task 2: Group assessment

Assessment task 3: Individual assessment

Assessment task 4: Individual assessment

Assessment Task 5: Online quiz

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Perform a risk assessment of a specified area.

Assessment task 2: Coordinate the simulated emergency evaluation of an area.

Assessment task 3: Prepare and present a toolbox talk.

Assessment task 4: Develop a Risk Control Action Plan.

Assessment task 5: Complete one online, self-paced quiz on the key issues and concepts relating to the management of workplace health and safety in the community services sector.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix's are available through the program coordinator

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

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

Attendance 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.

Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

Applying for Special Consideration

If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.

If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:

The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
  • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see

Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.

Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.


Student Complaints Policy:

Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22

Student Complaints Form:

Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain a required police clearance by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Police Check.

The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to obtain a Police Check.

Where required by the workplace, students shall provide a copy of their police check on request.

If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Police Check, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.

RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files

Early Termination of Placement

Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.

Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to-

  • failure to follow processes required for safety
  • breach of client or patient confidentiality
  • failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
  • or other unprofessional behaviour

Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.


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