OHSE Auditing - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam (35%) , Online Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,895.00
International 3,145.00

This advanced unit covers the management principles and the auditing requirements of an effective Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (OHSE) management system, with emphasis on the systems specified in AS/NZS ISO 19011 Guidelines for Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing. The unit pays particular attention to audit concepts and frameworks, the audit process, collecting evidence, audit skills, audit reporting and leading audit teams.

On completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. Analyse and assess the impacts of adverse effects on health and environmentwithin organisations
  2. Estimate OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations, including acceptable levels of risk
  3. Relate the principles of risk management to auditing concepts and practices, including the steps involved in the creation and implementation of an audit tool
  4. Apply OHSE concepts, procedures and terminology in relevant contexts to measure OHSE management systems performance
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to communicate effectively with OHSE professionals and stakeholders about OHSE risks and management systems performance
  6. Evaluate the relevance of the major audit and risk standards to the assessment of specific environmental management systems
  7. Critically evaluate the roles, understanding and preparedness of all key participants in a workplace audit, in particular the audit team leader and senior organisational stakeholders.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)
  • Report (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • OHS611 — OHSE Auditing

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to OHSE
2Management and Management System Standards
3Hazards, Risks and Risk Management
4The OHSE Management System
5OHS Management System Standards
6Environment Management Systems Standards
7OHSE MS Performance Measures
8OHSE Auditing
9The Audit Process
10Audit Tools
11Audit Interview Skills
12Leading Audit Teams

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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