Health and Safety in the Workplace

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Human Resources

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides students with a practical and theoretical understanding of health and safety in the workplace. It also aims to provide students with the skills and qualifications needed to work as Health and Safety Professionals (Note: Occupational Health and Safety is currently a Priority Immigration Area with the Australian Government). In the past, the course has been accredited to train students as Accredited Workplace Health and Safety Officers (WHSO). With the abolition of the WHSO position from 31 December 2011 due to the 'federal harmonisation' of H&S law, the staff in 2006EHR have arranged so that both 2006EHR and 3004EHR( (Safety Management Production) are recognised for the purposes of obtaining a nationally recognised qualification, a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety. While both courses will teach material needed to obtain a Certificate IV in OH&S, those wishing to receive a Certificate IV in OHS will need to complete (a) an additional 3-day course if they only do 2006EHR (b) a 2-day course if they do both 2006EHR and 3004EHR. Costings will be provided during the course but are app. $500, compared to over $2000 if done privately.
    Course Introduction
    This course differs from most that you will do at University in that it is extremely practical and professional in its focus. It aims to provide students with professionally recognised skills that will enable them to work as a professional H&S manager in either the private or public sector.
    Course Aims
    This course has three distinct but inter-related aims. These are outlined below.
    The major objective of this course is to provide an introduction to occupational health and safety, with a focus on Queensland. At the end of the course students should have:
    an understanding of the practical and theoretical issues involved in managing health and safety in the workplace
    The capacity to research, analyse, apply and write reports on current Queensland and Australian OHS law
    professional OHS skills comparable to that associated with the Certificate IV in Workplace Health & Safety
    Certificate IV
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the practical and theoretical aspects of managing H&S in the workplace
    2 Understand risk management principles for occupational health and safety
    3 Research, anlyse and Report on Queensland and Australian H&S law
    4 Gain professional skills comparable to that associated with a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Amber Risk Assessment


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Report No. 1


    Assignment - Practice-based Assignment
    Report No. 2


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    End of Semester Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.