Ensure a Safe Workplace is an online unit from Open Universities Australia and RMIT University, and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of WHS legal requirements and obligations, and how to establish and maintain a WHS management system.
More specifically, students will learn how to effectively locate, adapt, adopt and communicate policies that clearly define a company’s commitment to complying with WHS legislation. Students will also learn how to identify and approve financial and human resources required by the WHS management system, work with employees to set up appropriate workplace procedures, appropriately resolve issues that arise from consultation, develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, assessment and control of associated risks, and develop and implement a WHS induction and training program for employees.
Workplaces require a WHS procedure, and this unit provides students with a comprehensive understanding of management systems that can be applied to any organisational context.
You must be accepted into the Diploma of Logistics, RMIT University, in order to enrol in this unit.
Areas of study
In this WHS unit, the topics you will study include:
Locate, adapt, adopt and communicate WHS policies that clearly define the organisation's commitment to complying with WHS legislation
Identify duty holders and define WHS responsibilities for all workplace personnel according to WHS legislation, policies, procedures and programs
Identify and approve financial and human resources required by the WHS management system (WHSMS)
Work with workers and their representatives to set up and maintain participation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation
Appropriately resolve issues raised through participation and consultation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation
Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation to workers and ensure it is easy for them to access and understand
Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks
Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created
Develop and maintain procedures for selecting and implementing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements
Identify inadequacies in existing risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control and enable implementation of new measures
Identify requirements for expert WHS advice, and request this advice as required
Develop and provide a WHS induction and training program for all workers as part of the organisation's training program
Use a system for WHS recordkeeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation, and to maintain a record
Measure and evaluate the WHSMS in line with the organisation’s quality systems framework
Develop and implement improvements to the WHSMS to achieve organisational WHS objectives
Ensure compliance with the WHS legislative framework so that, as a minimum, WHS legal requirements are achieved
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Diploma of Logistics, RMIT University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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By completing this online unit, students will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to establish, maintain and evaluate an organisation’s WHS policies, procedures and programs. Students will be able to effectively establish and maintain procedures for identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks.
Successful completion of this online unit will also contribute to achieving a Diploma of Logistics from RMIT University.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Ensure a Safe Workplace from RMIT University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through VET FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government VET FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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