Physical Hazards in Occupational Environments - 2017

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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 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Online exam (35%) , Online Discussion - Online Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,040.00
International 3,280.00

This unit introduces students to theory and practice of risk management applied to specific hazards that OHSE professionals typically encounter in modern organisational environments. Risks covered include noise, thermal comfort, hazardous chemicals, confined spaces, infectious agents, asbestos, electricity, plant and hazardous wastes.  The focus will be on the risk management process with particular emphasis on processes to identify, analyse and respond to risk exposure within the legislative and organisational context.

Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of how specific OHSE hazards lead to adverse effects on health, safety and environment
  2. Analyse information on specific OHSE hazards using the risk assessment/management framework to determine a level of risk
  3. Compare and contrast interventions and strategies to control the risk associated with specific hazards with reference to applicable OHSE legislation and standards
  4. Justify ethical and sustainable recommended actions to peers and key workplace stakeholders using appropriate technical and theoretical OHSE information.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Online exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion — Online Discussion (25%)
  • Report — Risk Management 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:

  • OHS603 — OHSE Risk Management
  • Additional materials

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.

1A model of OHSE risk management
2Risk Management: Noise
3Risk Management: Thermal comfort
4Risk Management: Hazardous chemicals
5Risk Management: Confined spaces
6Risk Management: Infectious Agents
7Risk Management: Manual handling
8Risk Management: Electricity
9Risk Management: plant/mobile plant
10Risk Management:: Occupational driving
11Risk Management: environmental conformance
12Risk Management: waste management

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
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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