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MGT8017 Safety Science in Practice

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Ian Eddington
Moderator: Don Smith

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Effective health and safety management requires understanding and application of scientific principles, methods and knowledge. A wide range of workplaces experience a number of risks of damage to people, plant and property due to the uncontrolled interactions of animate and inanimate components of the workplace environment. Understanding the mechanisms of these interactions and designing predictive, preventative interventional controls requires scientific analysis and interpretation. All fields of science can assist in the identification, assessment, and choice of control options for all workplace risks. This subject aims to introduce students to the scientific bases of health and safety management. It does not pretend to produce specialist expertise on one or more scientific disciplines. Rather it is designed to promote an appreciation of the breadth and scope of applications of sciences to risk management in the workplace. A unifying theme will be the desirability, indeed necessity, for practical integration of safety, quality and productivity goals and strategies.


This subject covers the practical applications of physical, biological, behavioural and engineering sciences to safety and health control practices in the workplace. The approach is to analyse hazards and tasks and to identify and understand the nature of risks so that sequences of events can be interrupted, and components within these sequences kept separate, isolated and constrained.


On successful completion of this course, students should:

  1. possess an understanding of job analysis, task analysis and hazard analysis
  2. be competent in the application of basic scientific standards, methods and procedures
  3. possess a sound working knowledge of the scientific bases of specific aspects of safety science such as radiation safety, electrical safety, mechanical safety, construction safety and hazardous substances management
  4. be able to use scientific principles to establish preventive safety programmes with in-built performance objectives and bench-marks.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction, perspectives, accidents 6.00
2. Risk communication 8.00
3. Hazardous substances management 8.00
4. Radiation safety 8.00
5. Electrical safety 8.00
6. Gas and pressure equipment 8.00
7. Welding 8.00
8. Confined spaces 8.00
9. Safeguarding (including machine guards) 8.00
10. Lifting gear 8.00
11. Construction safety 8.00
12. Task and hazard analysis 8.00
13. Management, rehabilitation and future directions 6.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Levy, BS, Wegman, DH, Baron, SL & Sokas, RK (eds.) 2011, Occupational and environmental health, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England.
  • Plog, G (ed) 2002, Fundamentals of industrial hygiene, 5th edn, National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois.
  • Sadra, S & Rampal, K 1999, Occupational health: risk assessment and measurement, Blackwell Science, London.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • International Labor Office 1998, Encyclopaedia of occupational health and safety, 4th edn, International Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASST 1 - ANALYTICAL ESSAY 20 20 30 Mar 2012
ASST 2 - WORKPLACE ANALYSIS 40 40 04 May 2012
ASST 3 - ANALYTICAL ESSAY 40 40 08 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will not accept submission of assignments by facsimile. (v) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner to negotiate such special arrangements. (vi) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  3. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. A temporary grade of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.

  4. Make-up work: Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at