CQUniversity Unit Profile
OCHS11027 OHS Fundamentals
OHS Fundamentals
All details in this unit profile for OCHS11027 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student).
The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.
General Information

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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Adelaide
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say evaluation

Feedback

Some feedback for T1, 2019 had indicated some uncertainty with the details prescribed in the assessment task 'Portfolio 2'

Recommendation

Review the assessment rubric for Portfolio 2, where additional guidance and/or criteria may be included for this assessment item.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 20%
3 - Portfolio - 30%
4 - Portfolio - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 20%
3 - Portfolio - 30%
4 - Portfolio - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

Supplementary

WHS: A Management Guide 5th edn (2018)

Authors: Archer, R, Borthwick, K, Travers, M & Ruschena, L

Cengage Learning Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

ISBN 9780170386319

Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The above book is recommended but not mandatory for this unit. Limited numbers of an earlier edition are available through the CQUniversity library. However, if you prefer your own copy, you can purchase one at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)


IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Frank Bogna Unit Coordinator
f.bogna@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Introduction and legal framework Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 1, 2. Worker's Compensation can be found in Chapter 16 (4th edition) or Chapter 17 (5th edition).

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial:

Intro, expectations, where to find resources, assessment requirements (including rubrics).

12.00pm THURSDAY 12/3/20

Week 2 - Developing a systematic approach to OHS (Part 1) Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Developing a systematic approach to safety (Part 1)

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial:

WHS/OHS laws, Data & statistics - where to find them, what do they look like, etc.

12.00pm THURSDAY 19/3/20

Week 3 - Developing a systematic approach to OHS (Part 2) Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Developing a systematic approach and OHS information systems (Part 2)

Chapter

Text Book Chapters 4 & 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Example of a WHS SMS Manual and of a WHS Implementation Plan.

Expectations regarding Assessment 1.

12.00pm THURSDAY 26/3/20

Week 4 - OHS risk management: linkages to OHS management systems Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Risk Management - Linkages to OHS management systems and procedures

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

How to write procedures.

12.00pm THURSDAY 2/4/20

Week 5 - OHS Consultation Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: OHS Consultation

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial this week. Written Assessment 1 due next week.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

No lecture this week. Independent study. 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment 1 (30%) (due Vacation Week) Due: Vacation Week Monday (13 Apr 2020) 10:00 am AEST
Week 6 - Work Environment Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Introduction to managing the work environment (including noise, vibration, manual handling)

Chapter

Text Book Chapters 8, 9 & 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Expectations regarding Portfolio 1

12.00pm THURSDAY 23/4/20

Week 7 - Managing physical risks (Plant) Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Managing physical risks (Plant)

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial this week. Portfolio 1 due next week.

Week 8 - Hazardous chemicals Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Introduction to managing health and hygiene risks (Hazardous Chemicals)

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial this week.



Portfolio 1 (20%) (due Week 8) Due: Week 8 Monday (4 May 2020) 10:00 am AEST
Week 9 - Fitness for work Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Managing fitness for work

Chapter

Prescribed readings provided in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Expectations regarding Portfolio 2 & 3

12.00pm THURSDAY 14/5/20

Week 10 - Emergency Management Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Emergency management

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 14 (4th edition) or Chapter 13 (5th edition)

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial. Portfolio 2 due next week.

Week 11 - Reporting and notification of incidents Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture: Reporting & notification of incidents to regulatory agencies, management and other relevant stakeholders

Chapter

Text Book Chapter 15 (4th edition) or Chapter 16 (5th edition).

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial.



Portfolio 2 (30%) (due Week 11) Due: Week 11 Monday (25 May 2020) 10:00 am AEST
Week 12 - Independent study and review Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Independent study, review and completion of assessment

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio 3 due next week

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio 3 (20%) (due Review/Exam Week) Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (8 June 2020) 10:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 1 (30%) (due Vacation Week)

Task Description

Select a small to medium-sized organisation (i.e. between 10 - 50 employees) operating within Australia for which you have been asked to develop a safety management system. The following activities are the preliminary steps towards developing a safety management system. The actual safety management system will be completed in OCHS13018 Safety Systems.


Part A (5%) (500 words)

1. Describe the organisation and the industry it operates in. Identify any activities or work environment of the organisation or industry that you consider might require particular attention from a health and safety perspective (2%).

2. What are the occupational health and safety incident/injury/fatality rates of the industry or of relevant occupational aspects of the industry (e.g. high level of musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs), working at heights, working in confined spaces, etc.)? Access and provide references to statistical data relating to Australian businesses to support your findings (3%).


Part B (15%) (1500 words)

1. Develop a Table of Contents or alternative format for an OHSMS Manual for the organisation. The Table of Contents should contain a range of elements (main headings) and their components (subheadings) reflecting the ways in which OHS will be organised and managed. Provide a brief statement describing each element. (5%).

2. Provide an explanation (150 words) of how the OHSMS operates in terms of its format, content, purposes and functions (5%).

3. Prepare an Implementation Plan outlining only one strategy the organisation 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). The plan may be presented in the form of a table. Include the following in the plan (5%):

a. The series of steps required to implement the strategy

b. Methods or activities used to consult with others

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

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


Part C (10%) (1000 words)

1. List three sources of information and data existing internally within the organisation that would be relevant for the organisation to use 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 organisation (5%).

2. List the benefits to an organisation of having workers’ compensation, return-to-work and injury management integrated into the OHSMS (5%).


Assessment Due Date

Vacation Week Monday (13 Apr 2020) 10:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria


1. Description of the organisation and industry

2. Identification of relevant aspects of organisational operation from an OHS/WHS perspective

3. Outline of the OHS performance of the industry and/or relevant occupational factors, supported by statistical data.

4. Outline of OHS/WHS management system elements and their operation in the system

5. Identification of relevant policies and procedures, particularly from a legislative perspective

6. Prepare an implementation plan for one OHS initiative

7. Format, grammar, punctuation

8. Harvard referencing style


A detailed marking rubric will be provided in Moodle at the commencement of term.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.
  • Plan work-related health and safety measures and initiatives.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio 1 (20%) (due Week 8)

Task Description

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

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


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (4 May 2020) 10:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020)


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

A detailed marking rubric will be provided in Moodle at the commencement of term.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.
  • Develop and implement a health and safety consultation and participation process.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio 2 (30%) (due Week 11)

Task Description

Develop three procedures for a specific organisation for the effective management of each of the following three matters.

(i) Plant and equipment. This must include the identification of the specific legal requirements for high-risk work licences for specific plant (1000 words) (10%).

(ii) Hazardous chemicals (1000 words) (10%).

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

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


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (25 May 2020) 10:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

1. Develops procedures for managing risks associated with plant and equipment, chemicals and fitness for work

2. Format, grammar and punctuation

A detailed marking rubric will be provided in Moodle at the commencement of term.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.
  • Develop and implement strategies to manage work-related hazards.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio 3 (20%) (due Review/Exam Week)

Task Description

Develop plans for the effective management of emergencies and incident reporting/notification for a specific organisation:


PART A (1500 words) (15%)

Emergency response plans

1.Develop an emergency risk register listing a range of potential emergencies (an Emergency Risk Register, not one representing all risks). Ensure that you list at least four types of potential emergencies. Provide the following information.

a. Categorisation for each of the emergencies (4%).

b. Potential effects on people (internal and external to the site), property and the environment (1%).

2. Prepare for an Initial Response

Develop an initial response plan for one potential emergency event (i.e. fire or bomb threat or natural disaster etc). Include the following information in the response plan.

a. Responsibilities of key emergency control organisation (ECO) stakeholders (2%).

b. A set of instructions to be followed during the emergency by all persons. This may take the form of action cards that are accessible or displayed in prominent locations (3%).

c. Provide a list of physical systems used in the emergency (i.e. emergency alerting systems, emergency protection systems, required safety wear) and briefly describe their function/role in an emergency (2%).

d. State the required training needs to initiate and execute the plan (2%).

e. Reference to Australian legislation and standards, current industry practice, specialist advice and input by emergency agencies in the development of the plan (1%).


PART B (500 words) (5%).

Prepare a flowchart and accompanying explanatory notes for incident reporting and notification (excluding the investigation process) for an organisation.

1. The flowchart needs to incorporate the actions required for both the statutory notification of an incident to the relevant regulator(s), and the internal actions used by the organisation to record the incident. Note that the flowchart should not include the investigation process (3%).

2. Include explanatory notes that would accompany the use of the flowchart (2%).


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (8 June 2020) 10:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 June 2020)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

1. Develops relevant plans for emergency response and incident reporting and notification.

2. Format, grammar and punctuation

A detailed marking rubric will be provided in Moodle at the commencement of term.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.
  • Develop and implement emergency management and incident response procedures.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?