Course Title: Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: OHTH5949C

Course Title: Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5363 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sam Cutri

Nominal Hours: 50

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 of competency covers the ability to monitor and maintain work health and safety (WHS) and environmental programs within a work area where the person has supervisory responsibility for others. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL944001 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety


1 Perform all work safely

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use established work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel  1.2 Clean, care for and store equipment, materials and reagents as required  1.3 Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts  1.4 Ensure safe disposal of laboratory/hazardous wastes


2 Ensure others in the work group are able to implement safe work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure hazard controls and PPE appropriate to the work requirements are available and functional  2.2 Provide and communicate current information on WHS and environmental policies, procedures and programs to others  2.3 Ensure hazards and control measures relating to work responsibilities are known by those in the work area  2.4 Provide support to those in the work area to implement procedures to support safety  2.5 Identify and address training needs within level of responsibility 


3 Monitor observance of safe work practices in the work area

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure workplace procedures are clearly defined, documented and followed  3.2 Identify any deviation from identified procedures and report and address within level of responsibility  3.3 Ensure personal behaviour is consistent with enterprise policies and procedures  3.4 Encourage and follow up others to identify and report hazards in the work area  3.5 Monitor conditions and follow up to ensure housekeeping standards in the work area are maintained


4 Participate in risk management processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report and address any identified hazards and inadequacies in existing risk controls within level of responsibility and according to enterprise procedures  4.2 Participate in risk assessments to identify and analyse risks  4.3 Support the implementation of procedures to control risk (based on the hierarchy of control)  4.4 Ensure records of incidents in the work area and other required documentation are accurately completed and maintained according to enterprise procedures and legislative requirements 


5 Support the implementation of participative arrangements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Inform and consult work group on WHS and environmental issues relevant to the work role  5.2 Promptly report outcomes of consultation on WHS and environmental issues back to the work group  5.3 Resolve, or promptly refer to appropriate personnel, matters raised relating to WHS and the environment 


6 Support the implementation of emergency procedures within the work group

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Ensure that enterprise procedures for dealing with incidents and emergencies are available and known by work group  6.2 Implement processes to ensure that others in the work area are able to respond appropriately to incidents and emergencies  6.3 Participate, as required, in investigations of hazardous incidents to identify their cause

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

learning activities include:

in class worksheets
class discussions
group work
online activities

Teaching Schedule



In Class Work







Working in Groups

Form groups

Task 1 Team Work



OHS Introduction

Work on Assignment 1



Workplace Hazards

E.coli case study



Risks and Controls

Complete Risk Assessment in class

Theory Risk Assessment

Prac assessment 1 



Hierarchy of Controls

Complete Incident Report in class



Hierarchy of Controls

Work on Assignment 1

Assignment 1 



Chemical Hazards

Work on Assignment 2

Visit Chemical Store Room



Chemical Hazards

Death in Lab case study



Easter break



Biological Hazards

Work on Assignment 2

Visit Biohazard Cabinet

Assignment 2 



Biological Hazards

Work on Assignment 3



Physical Hazards

RSI case study



Physical Hazards

Work on Assignment 3



Emergency Procedures

Lab Emergency case study

Assignment 3 

Prac assessment 2






Due 20/5/19

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

written assignments

laboratory skills assessment

written test

 in class group activities

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 Group report

Assessment Task 2 Practical Assessment 1

Assessment Task 3 Practical Assessment 2

Assessment Task 4 Case Study

Assessment Task 5 Knowledge Test

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved  
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

To pass the course you need achieve a satisfactory result for all assessments. Students may be given additional opportunities to demonstrate competence. 

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form ( at least 24 hours before the due date. The application should be emailed to the program Coordinator (amber.mitton Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as tests- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 5 days of the scheduled time of the assessment

• 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 presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

NOTE: This course is equivalent to OHTH5992C (MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety)

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