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MGT2001 Management of Workplace Health and Safety

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing

Other requisites

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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 the sequence concludes with the focus falling on two issues which have gathered interest and importance in the contemporary enterprise.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2011 External
Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba