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MGT2001 Management of Workplace Health and Safety

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise

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Examiner: Ray Hingst
Moderator: Shalene Werth

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 //


The application of risk management and the awareness of the legal obligations which accompany the ownership and effective management of businesses mean that workplace health and safety are becoming more central to the role of any type of manager. These and the associated themes found in this course provide students with the theory and applied skills to enable effective performance in managerial roles.


This course is an important one for future or current managers. The course begins by clarifying what is meant by the `workplace problem' which is broken down into three main categories of potential threat to health and safety. An understanding of why workplace incidents occur even in the best managed companies is important to future managers, so the focus shifts to theories and models of accident causation. The heart of effective workplace health and safety (WHS) management however, is the legislation and the ways that organisations can ensure they comply. For this reason, the Australian WHS legislative approach appears next in the sequence of modules.

How to go about compliance with the WHS legislation leads to the concept of risk, and how this can be managed in an effective way in a workplace health and safety context. Managers are obliged by law to discharge their obligations to protect workers and this course provides some of the tools and the knowledge base on which to make informed decisions about health and safety. An understanding of risk management is therefore fundamental to achieving the objectives of this course. The remaining modules include an investigation of ergonomics (as it applies to the maintenance of a safe workplace environment), an examination of the role of WHS standards and WHS audits, and a study of the remedial side of workplace practices, namely the rehabilitation of victims. The sequence of modules concludes with the focus falling on two issues which have gathered interest and importance in the contemporary enterprise.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain the array of threats to workers' health and safety
  2. identify various models of accident causation and understand their contribution to the field of workplace health and safety
  3. demonstrate an understanding of legal obligations and duties of care in dealing with workplace health and safety in Australia
  4. understand the contribution and importance made by workplace health and safety standards and workplace health and safety audits to the creation and maintenance of a safe workplace
  5. identify and explain expert methods for preventing accidents and illnesses at work, notably risk management
  6. explain how an ergonomics approach to workplace health and safety delivers a safer work environment and be able to discuss the man-machine interface and its relevance to work design
  7. understand and explain the rationale and mechanisms associated with effective workplace rehabilitation
  8. understand the managerial and other implications of workplace bullying
  9. discuss the issues implicit in the management, treatment and use of chemicals.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction: the WHS problem 10.00
2. Theories of accident causation 10.00
3. Preventative WHS legislation and common law 15.00
4. Risk management 15.00
5. An applied ergonomics approach 10.00
6. The role of standards and other aspects of auditing and evaluating WHS performance in the workplace 10.00
7. Workplace rehabilitation 10.00
8. Management of workplace bullying 10.00
9. Management of chemicals 10.00

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.
  • 2007, Australian master OHS and environment guide, 2nd edn, CCH Australia, North Ryde, New South Wales.
  • Archer, R, Borthwick, K & Tepe, S 2009, OH&S: a management guide, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Grammeno, G (ed) 2009, Planning occupational health & safety: a guide to OHS risk management, 8th edn, CCH Australia, North Ryde, New South Wales.
  • Quinlan, M, Bohle, P & Lamm, F 2010, Managing occupational health and safety: a multidisciplinary approach, 3rd edn, Macmillan, South Yarra, Victoria.
  • Ridley, J & Channing, J (eds) 2008, Safety at work, 7th edn, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, England.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Lectures 30.00
Private Study 85.00
Tutorials 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 1 35 4 06 Apr 2014
ESSAY (MAJOR ASSIGNMENT) 35 35 11 May 2014
ONLINE TEST 2 35 3 18 May 2014
ONLINE TEST 3 30 3 08 Jun 2014
EXAMINATION - PART A 10 10 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for Examination (Parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for Examination (Parts A and B) is 2 hours.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in this examination are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination)
    2. English translation dictionaries (but not technical dictionaries).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. Please refer to the course StudyDesk for instructions on assessment submission. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm successful submission of assignments. The onus is on the student to provide proof of submission, if requested by the examiner.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
    4. 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.

  2. Course weightings:
    Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material previously tested in assignments.

  3. 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 //

  4. Deferred work:
    Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

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 //