Occupational Health and Wellbeing
Achieve an advanced understanding of occupational health and wellbeing’s role in modern workplaces. Classify physical and mental health issues. Unpack ergonomics and fatigue. Establish the core principles of good work design and OHS integration.
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Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Apply occupational health hazards knowledge during the analysis of the design of work and work systems and effectively communicate and interpret findings to organisational stakeholders.
- Examine the inter-relationships of the workplace, work systems, environment and people, and its impact on health and safety of individuals and communities.
- Assess the risk of injury/illness and examine factors that impede workplace performance and sustainability using occupational health, human factors and/or ergonomics tools and/or methods.
- Evaluate and recommend appropriate changes in work design to optimise occupational health and wellbeing, improve organisational performance and sustainability, and demonstrate respect for human dignity and human diversity through an understanding of the impact of psychosocial and physical human factors at the workplace. (
- Significance of occupational health and wellbeing, human factors and ergonomics
- Organise, analyse, and synthesis information arising from product and task analysis: physical & environmental, cognitive/human factors, organisational
- Human, organisation, performance and systems analysis
- Manual tasks: calculate risks for musculoskeletal disorders (acute and cumulative), risk management, participatory ergonomics and design strategies
- Office workstation ergonomics issues
- Human information processing, shift-work and fatigue and OHSE
- Psychosocial hazards, occupational stress and the wellbeing of employees
- Psychosocial hazards resulting in workplace bullying & occupational violence and healthy workplaces
- Technology, work design principles, tools & methods and human diversity
- Integration of occupational health & safety with good work design and other business unit activity
- Planning workplace wellness strategies for diverse individual needs
- Fundamentals of return to work considerations and its impact on employees and business sustainability
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- ACU-OHS612 (Not currently available)
No additional requirements
This unit covers the topics related to occupational health and wellbeing in organisations, emphasizing the principles of good work design and the practical means to integrate occupational health and safety, health promotion, wellness, work design, and productivity. Topics cover common occupational health hazards such as manual tasks and the interaction of risk factors (environmental health exposures), office-based work environments and sedentary work behaviours, and psychosocial hazards (occupational stress, workplace bullying, occupational violence, and shift-work and fatigue), as well as basic but integrated principles for human factors; ergonomics; workplace wellness, health, and wellbeing programs; and return to work.
Three assessment items are required in this Unit. 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.
- Discussion Forum Activities (25%)
- Workplace Risk Analysis (40%)
- Video presentation (35%)