CQUniversity Unit Profile
OCHS13018 Safety Systems
Safety Systems
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides students with the ability to manage health and safety in organisations in order to optimise work systems, procedures and processes. Topics covered include the application of organisational behaviour and management principles, the development and analysis of safety management systems, the alignment of safety with quality and environmental management systems, the systematic management of high-consequence hazards, the integration of management systems for compliance, risk, security, emergency, crisis and disaster management and recovery, and business continuity management.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

The unit requires an understanding of risk concepts and OHS Law. Accordingly, pre-requisites for this unit are OCHS11025 H&S Risk Management AND any one of the followingOCHS11027 OHS Fundamentals orOCHS12015 OHS Law orAINV12004 Investigation Domain Contexts.

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 - 2018

Distance

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. Group Discussion
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

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 Student feedback

Feedback

Understanding the requirements for assignments was difficult

Recommendation

The complexity and difficulty of the Assessments have not varied. Support students by the following: - Provide a checklist of deliverables for each assessment piece. - Record a summary FAQ of Assessment requirements for each assessment and make it available early in the semester through Moodle. - Encourage students to submit their additional Assessment questions through Moodle.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  2. Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  3. Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  4. Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  5. Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.
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 - Group Discussion - 0%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion - 0%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

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
Peter Marshall Unit Coordinator
p.marshall@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction:

Systematic Accident Prevention and OHS Management in complex organisations

Chapter

Familiarise yourself with the contents pages and read Introduction of:

- ISO45001:2018  (or the 2017 draft version, ISO/FDIS 45001:2017 as available)

- HSG65: Managing Health and Safety (HSE 2013)

- AS/NZS 4801:2001

- HaSPA OHSBOK Chapter 11 - Systems.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Introduce yourself in Moodle.

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Plan:

Hazards and Risk

Legal Obligations

Chapter

Complete familiarisation from Week 1

HSG65: Part 1, Part 2 - Risk Profiling, Part 3 Do - Profiling your organisations health and safety risks

ISO45001: Part 4 Context of the Organisation, Part 6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Plan:

Planning Objectives

Chapter

HSG65: Part 2, Part 3 Plan

ISO45001: Part 6.2 OH&S objectives and planning to achieve them, Part 8.1.3 Management of change

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Do:

Support

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Do - Organising for Health and Safety

ISO45001: Part 5 Leadership and worker participation, Part 7 Support

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Ponder Point 1 due 10am AEST Monday 26 March 2018

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Do:

Communication and Documentation

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3  Do - Communication, Implementing your plan

ISO45001: Part 5.4 Consultation and participation of workers,  Part 7 Support

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2A Needs Analysis due 10:00am AEST Monday 2 April 2018

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Break Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Do:

Operational Planning and Control

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Do - Organising for Heath and Safety, Implementing your plan

ISO45001: Part 8.1 Operational Planning & Control

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Ponder Point 2 due 10am Monday 16 April 2018

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Do:

Emergency Response

Chapter

HSG65: revisit Part 3 Do - Organising  pp. 35-36.

ISO45001: Part 8.2 Emergency Preparedness and response

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Check:

Performance Evaluation

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Do - Check

ISO45001: Part 9.1 Monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1: Ponder Point 3 is due 10:00am Monday 30 April 2018

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Check:

Audit

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Plan - Check

ISO45001: Part 9.2 Internal audit

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2B Management System due 10:00am AEST Monday 7 May 2018

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Check:

Management Review

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Act - Reviewing Performance

ISO45001: Part 9.3 Management Review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1: Ponder Point 4 is due 10:00am Monday 14 May 2018


Reflections on Safety Systems (Ponder Points) Due: Week 10 Monday (14 May 2018) 10:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Act:

Incident, non conformity and corrective action


Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Act - Reviewing Performance

ISO45001: Part 10 Improvement

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3A Audit due 10:00am AEST Monday 21 May 2018

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Act:

Continual Improvement

Chapter

HSG65: Part 3 Act - Learning Lessons

ISO45001:Part 10.3 Continual Improvement

Events and Submissions/Topic


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3B Management Review due 10:00am AEST Monday 4 June 2018


Audit and Management Review Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (4 June 2018) 10:00 am AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Reflections on Safety Systems (Ponder Points)

Task Description

Four ponder points will be published in Moodle for you to discuss. Reflect and respond thoughtfully to each, and justify your position. These are necessarily provocative points, of which there is much debate in our profession. You must respond to all four ponder points.

Your ponder points will be published in Moodle with two weeks lead time before their due date. You will be required to reflect and respond thoughtfully to each, and justify your position using evidence based practice. These are necessarily provocative points, of which there is much debate in our profession. You must respond to all four ponder points.

Further details will be available in Moodle during Week 1.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (14 May 2018) 10:00 am AEST

The Ponder Points are due progressively through the Term: PP1 10am 26 March 2017. PP2 10am 16 April 2018, PP3 30 April 2018, PP4 14 May 2018


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (28 May 2018)

Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks of submission.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
To achieve a passing grade in this assessment, students must successfully pass all four ponder points

Assessment Criteria

This Assignment is a reflection upon Safety Systems with four (4) submissions required through the Moodle Social Forum

Ponder Points are graded as follows:

- Each Ponder Point criteria is equally weighted:

  • Demonstrates understanding of discussion topic
  • States a response position
  • Justifies response position demonstrating critical thought
  • Provides evidence of response position
- There is no set length. Your submissions do not need to be long - say two paragraphs will be adequate in most cases...plus in-text referencing and a reference list - demonstrating evidence based practice.

Further advice for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Post your submissions to the Moodle discussion forum. Label your Post PP1 PP2 etc

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  • Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  • Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  • Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  • Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.


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

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Safety Management System

Task Description

This assessment provides you with an opportunity to develop an OHS Safety Management System (OHSMS) and Implementation Plan for a small business. You will be given the case study materials for the business.

This assessment will be delivered in two parts. The first part A of the assessment is designed to enable completion of Part B. Your work in Part A is intended to make Part B easier.

Part A : Needs Analysis (10%) - due Week 5

Prepare an ISO45001 needs analysis short format style report for the business and send it under a covering letter. In your needs analysis, include:

- Summary of benefits for a new ISO45001 compliant OHSMS

- Introductory summary of the business and management structure

- Identification of hazards and risks for key (i.e. higher risk) current business activities

- Identification of hazards and risks for key (i.e. higher risk) future business activities

- Identification of key OHS/WHS statutes relating to the business activities

- Supporting research of SFAIRP good practice and best practice in relation to the key business activities

- An outline of the key headings that you recommend for their new OHSMS

- A bibliography of supporting references that are applicable to the proposed OHSMS

Note: Suggested word length 500-800 words. Use additional Appendices and tables as required.


Part B : Safety Management System Development and Implementation (40%) - due Week 9

Prepare an ISO45001 compliant OHSMS complete with two sample procedures covering two key business risks and include a separate implementation plan with SMART milestones.

Ensure that the main body of the new OHSMS, whilst complete, is as small as you can possibly make it by being economical in words and by use of Appendices where additional supporting detail is required. Use your needs analysis to ensure it addresses the key risks/ risk activities identified for the business.

Use the CQUni report-writing format as the basis for a formal business style manual and minimise the use of colour to enable Grayscale printing. Suggested word length of main body: 2200-2500 words. Use additional appendices and tables as required.


Use the CQUni Harvard style guide for all referencing. Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle Turnitin in MS Word format.

Further details will be available on Moodle during the term.


Assessment Due Date

Assignments shall be submitted in MS Word format.


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned within 2 weeks of the due date.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%: To pass this assessment, students must be graded Pass in both Part A and Part B. Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit.

Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

1. Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument and evidence based practice used in answering a question or report within the OHS and safety systems context (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

3. Accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar

4. Accurate sentence and paragraph construction

Specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  • Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  • Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Audit and Management Review

Task Description

Checking of the safety management system implementation is generally completed in two parts; monitoring of the organisation's activities and management review of the organisation's performance against safety objectives. This assessment has two parts and is based upon the case study used for Assessment 2:

Part A : Audit (25%) - due Week 11

This task provides you with an opportunity to determine the audit requirements for a specific safety sub system. You will develop an audit tool for a given activity and an audit plan for the business in its coming year.

Based upon your needs analysis and OHSMS for the business, develop:

(1) an audit plan for the business for the coming financial year, and

  • when developing your audit plan, prioritise your audits based upon the inherent risk posed by each hazard or hazardous activity you have identified for the business operations.
  • Append a detailed milestone chart or table to your plan
  • Suggested word length 750 words plus the appended detailed SMART milestones table or chart

(2) an audit tool for the activity given to you in Moodle

  • Your tool should be self-explanatory with embedded description of the scoring criteria, a summary of the context in which the audit tool applies
  • the key to this assignment is to first determine the scope: what is meant by ‘audit’ (i.e. not an inspection) and then catalogue the auditable criteria in sufficient detail that an auditor using your tool will deliver a comprehensive audit
  • When developing the audit tool, remember to ensure the logical evidence based practice for each criteria (auditable criteria, source reference for each criteria, space for auditor observation, auditor findings and, auditor grading for each finding)
  • Grading should use the format of Comment, observation, minor non-conformance and major non-conformance
  • There is no particular word limit for this assessment piece because the target is to be comprehensive in identifying the audit criteria and delivering a user-friendly audit tool. A tabulated format (use A3 if necessary) of say 3 pages is suggested.


Part B : Management Review (25%) - due Review/Exam Week 1

This task will provide you with the opportunity to practice Management Review skills.

Use the same case study materials as for your Assessment 2.

Based upon ISO45001, your OHSMS that you developed for the business and readings on safety leadership, develop a 40 minute training package with PowerPoint slides and the accompanying trainer delivery notes that include:

  • Documents and data that should be included in a management review,
  • key management review issues to watch out for,
  • key factors to be considered for sub-contractor management
  • issues in organisational learning from failure,
  • key organisational change strategies,
  • your current ISO45001 rollout status within the business,
  • a proposed improvement strategy for the business in the following year, and
  • in-slide and supporting reference list iaw CQUni Harvard Style Guide.

There is no set length for this assignment piece. It is suggested that there should be at least one slide for each of the criteria above and the accompanying presenter notes should be around ½ page per slide.

Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle Turnitin in a MS Word / PowerPoint format.

Further details for both parts will be provided in Moodle during the term.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (4 June 2018) 10:00 am AEST

Part A Audit due week 11 and Part B Management Review due Exam/Review week.


Return Date to Students

Assignments will be returned within two weeks of the due date.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%: To pass this assessment, students must be graded Pass in both Part A and Part B. Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit

Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

1. Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument and evidence based practice used in answering a question or report within the OHS and safety systems context (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

3. Accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar

4. Accurate sentence and paragraph construction


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  • Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  • Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  • Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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?