Course Title: Manage work health and safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

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

This course involves 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/OHS 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

·         Conducting risk assessments

Week 3

Coordinating emergency procedures

·         Dealing with emergencies and critical incidents

·         Procedures and roles for emergencies and critical incidents workshop

·         Coordinating emergency evacuations of areas assessment

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

Consultative presentations

·         Consultative activities workshop

·         Presenting  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

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

Other Information

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