Introduction to OHS
Get the fundamentals of OHS professional practice under your belt. Learn the concepts around hazard and risk, how to put these into action and how to communicate these effectively to your stakeholders.
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- 26 Jul 2021
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Evaluate occupational health and safety concepts including risk management, consultation and worker participation, and the conceptual structure underpinning OHSE professional practice
- Compare and contrast basic concepts of hazard and risk management using OHSE concepts, models and practices
- Design and implement risk management processes in a legislative and organisational context
- Communicate OHSE issues data and relevant technologies effectively to internal and external organisational stakeholders
- Apply knowledge of OHSE audit programs through critical review of their efficacy in managing risk and communicate this to various stakeholders
- Introduction to OHSE
- OHSE Management Concepts
- Hazards, Risks and Risk Management
- Risk assessment and Control
- Good work design
- Consultation and training
- Emergency planning
- Standards and management systems
- Evaluation of OHSE performance
- Rethinking OHSE
- Effective communication of OHS information and data
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This unit is introductory yet practical in nature, and provides students with an understanding of basic principles of OHS management, with a view to having the same addressed in greater detail by subsequent units. Students will have the opportunity to explore and discuss a range of OHS management issues and develop skills in applying basic OHS practices in national and international organisational contexts. In doing so, this unit aims to provide students with the foundation knowledge, and skills on which to base further development in OHSE practice and/or to have informed discourse about OHSE issues with organisational stakeholders.
Three assessment items are required in this unit. The first, based around online discussion, requires students to combine their views and experiences with research from the academic literature while considering and responding to views expressed or questions posed by other students. The second item is a business report that requires students to draw on the content and models covered in this unit, as well as relevant academic and industry-based literature and legislative requirements as a means of preparing a basic risk management report. The third item is an academic paper that is aimed at addressing the question of whether audit programs facilitate continuous performance improvement with regards to OHSE risk management. In order to pass this unit, students are required to achieve an overall mark of at least 50% and must make an attempt at all three assessment items. The assessment tasks for this unit are designed for students to demonstrate their achievement of each learning outcome.
- Academic Paper A (40%)
- Online Discussion Activities (25%)
- Academic Paper B (35%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 31 Oct 21
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