Relationship to competency standards

Unit Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.

The unit begins by giving an overview of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act. Particular emphasis is placed upon the the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. This emphasis is illustrated by introducing the concept of “Duty of Care” and how it applies in educational settings.

The unit then explains the importance of hazard identification and specifically mentions: infections, dangerous goods, sharps, trip hazards, and muscular strains. The discussion on hazard identification is then related o risk assessment and risk control. Particular emphasis is placed upon mitigating risk through emergency equipment and manual handling procedures.

The importance of emergency management planning is raised with specific reference made to schools. Discussion includes emergency evacuations and lock-down procedures with an actual ‘staged’ emergency evacuation and a ‘staged’ lock-down. The unit then concludes by discussing what was learned in the staged scenarios.

Teaching Strategies

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.