OCHS11027 - OHS Fundamentals
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to concepts, processes and procedures that are fundamental to the effective management of occupational health and safety in organisations. Topics include safety management, workplace communication and participation, compliance-driven and voluntary health and safety initiatives and emergency planning.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Portfolio 30%
4. Portfolio 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.
  2. Plan work-related health and safety measures and initiatives.
  3. Develop and implement a health and safety consultation and participation process.
  4. Develop and implement strategies to manage work-related hazards.
  5. Develop and implement emergency management and incident response procedures.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Portfolio      
3 - Portfolio      
4 - Portfolio      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Portfolio  
4 - Portfolio  

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
WHS: A Management Guide
Author/s: R Archer, K Borthwick, M Travers & L Ruschena Year: 2015
Edition: 4th edition Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note: This textbook should be available on loan from the CQU Library. However, limited copies are available and if you would prefer a personal copy you can order one from the CQUni Bookshop here.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorFrank Bogna (f.bogna@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction and the legal framework (including Worker's Compensation)

Chapter 1, 2 & 16

Week 2 13-03-2017

Developing a systematic approach to safety (Part 1)

Chapter 4

Week 3 20-03-2017

Developing a systematic approach to safety (Part 2)

Chapters 4 & 5

Week 4 27-03-2017

Risk management

Chapter 6

Week 5 03-04-2017

Consultation & communication

Chapter 3

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Written assessment 1

Written Assessment Due Monday (10 Apr 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Week 6 17-04-2017

Managing the work environment (including noise, vibration, manual handling)

Chapters 8, 9 & 12

Week 7 24-04-2017

Managing physical risks (Plant)

Chapter 7

Week 8 01-05-2017

Managing health and hygiene risks (Hazardous Chemicals)

Chapter 9 & 10

Portfolio 1 Due Monday (01 May 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Managing fitness for work

Additional readings

Week 10 15-05-2017

Emergency procedures

Chapter 14

Week 11 22-05-2017

Incident reporting & notification

Chapter 15

Portfolio 2

Portfolio 2 Due Monday (22 May 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Review

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Portfolio 3

Portfolio 3 Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Co-lecturer and marker: Kevin Perry

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Select a small to medium-sized business (up to 30 employees) for which you have been asked to develop a safety management system.

Part A (5%) (500 words)

1. Describe the business and the industry it operates in. Identify any aspects of the business or industry that you consider might require particular attention from a health and safety perspective.

2. What is the occupational health and safety performance of the industry or of relevant occupational aspects of the industry (e.g. high level of MSDs, working at heights, working in confined spaces, etc.)

Part B (15%) (1 500 words)

1. Develop a Table of Contents for an SMS Manual for the business. The Table of Contents should contain a range of elements (main headings) and their components (subheadings) for the hazards that the business will be required to manage. Provide a brief statement describing each element (heading).

2. Provide an explanation (150 words) of how the OHSMS operates in terms of its format, content, purposes and functions.

3. Prepare an Implementation Plan outlining one strategy the business has decided to undertake to improve OHS outcomes (i.e. a training initiative, a process for hazard reporting or a new method for conducting inspections). Include the following in the plan

The series of steps required to implement the strategy

Methods or activities used to consult with others

The allocation of key tasks to be undertaken in order to implement the plan, inclusive of dates/time frames

A method of tracking the completion of tasks prescribed in the plan.

Part C (10%) (1 000 words)

1. List three sources of information and data that would be relevant to the business in the management of OHS risks (i.e. name specific reports, registers or records). Explain how information and data can be collected, recorded and analysed to assist in managing OHS risks in the business.

2. List the benefits to an organisation of having workers’ compensation, return-to-work and injury management integrated into the SMS.

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Monday (10-Apr-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

1. Description of the business and industry
2. Identification of relevant aspects of business operation from an OHS/WHS perspective
3. Outline of the OHS performance of the industry and/or relevant occupational factors
4. Outline of the importance of an OHS/WHS management system, particularly from a
legislative perspective
5. Identification of relevant policies and procedures, particularly from a legislative perspective
6. Consideration of the impact of legislative intervention on the risk management process
7. Format, grammar, punctuation
8. Harvard referencing style

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.

2. Plan work-related health and safety measures and initiatives.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio 1
Task Description

Portfolio 1 (20%) (due Week 8)

1. Outline the need for, and benefits of, an OHS/WHS consultation procedure. How would you go about developing such a procedure? What evidence of consultation with stakeholders in the development of the procedure would be relevant? (500 words) (5%)

2. Develop a comprehensive procedure for effective OHS/WHS consultation with workers and their participation in OHS/WHS matters at the workplace.(1500 words) (15%). Note: This procedure does not need to specifically relate to the business nominated in Written Assessment 1.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

1.Outline of needs and benefits for OHS/WHS consultation procedure

2.Process for developing a procedure

3.Methods of consultation with stakeholders in the development of a consultation procedure

4. Develops a comprehensive procedure for worker consultation and participation
5. Format, grammar and punctuation

6. Harvard referencing style

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.

3. Develop and implement a health and safety consultation and participation process.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio 2
Task Description

Portfolio 2 (30%) (due Week 11)

Develop procedures for the effective management of each of the following matters at a workplace:

(i) Plant and equipment (including specific requirements for the operation of high risk plant and licencing requirements (1000 words) (10%)

(Note: Include the identification of the specific legal requirements for high-risk work licences for specific plant).

(ii) Hazardous Chemicals (1000 words) (10%)

(iii) Fitness for work (1000 words) (10%)

Note: These procedures do not need to specifically relate to the business nominated in Written Assessment 1.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

1. Develops procedures for managing risks associated with manual handling, plant and equipment, chemicals, bullying & harassment, and fitness for work

2. Format, grammar and punctuation

3. Harvard referencing style

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.

4. Develop and implement strategies to manage work-related hazards.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio 3
Task Description

Portfolio 3 (20%) (due Week 12)

Develop procedures for the effective management of each of the following matters at a workplace:

(i) Emergency response procedures (1500 words) (15%)

(ii) Procedures for incident reporting and notification (500 words) (5%)

Note: These procedures do not need to specifically relate to the business nominated in Written Assessment 1.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

1. Develops relevant incident response procedures, checklist for emergency response drill and procedures for incident reporting, rehabilitation and return to work

2. Format, grammar and punctuation

3. Harvard referencing style

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.

5. Develop and implement emergency management and incident response procedures.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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