Subject details

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  1. Explain the inter-relationships of the workplace, work systems, environment and people and its impact on health and safety
  2. Use knowledge of specific occupational health hazards to the analysis and design of work and work systems and effectively communicate these hazards to organisational stakeholders
  3. Assess the risk of injury/illness and assess factors that impede workplace performance and sustainability using human factors and ergonomics tools and/or methods
  4. Critique and recommend appropriate changes in work design to optimise occupational health and wellbeing and improve organisational performance and sustainability
    • Introduction to Occupational Health and Wellbeing
    • Work Design Principles, Tools and Methods
    • Manual tasks
    • Office Ergonomics
    • Human Information Processing
    • Psychosocial Hazards - Occupational Stress
    • Psychosocial Hazards - Workplace Bullying
    • Occupational Violence
    • Shift Work and Fatigue including occupational driving
    • Slips, trips and falls
    • Wellbeing Programs
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

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

  • ACU-OHS612

Special requirements

No special requirements

The field of Occupational Health is a specialist area within OHSE management. As such it is necessary for generalist OHSE professionals to have a thorough understanding of what this field encompasses. In addition, OHSE professionals are increasingly being called upon to manage wellbeing issues as well traditional primary prevention.

The evolution of the role requires you to understand the principles of good work design and the integration of OHS, health promotion, and return to work systems. In addition to these topics, this subject introduces you to a broad range of occupational health and wellbeing topics that contemporary OHSE professionals are likely to encounter such as manual tasks; psychosocial hazards (occupational stress, workplace bullying, occupational violence, shift work, and fatigue); human information processing; and wellbeing programs. In this subject you will have the opportunity to explore, discuss, and apply knowledge of the above issues, as well as prepare a detailed risk management report investigating a particular occupational health hazard, it’s mechanisms of injury, and how to control associated risk exposure. You will also have the opportunity to present a toolbox talk to a target group of workers. In doing so, this subject aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to analyse and manage a number of risk exposures with the potential to impact on worker health and wellbeing and to communicate information about these to organisational stakeholders to reduce harm to workers and others.

Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

  • Discussion Forum Activities (20%)
  • Workplace Risk Analysis (40%)
  • Video presentation (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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