Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2015 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Neville Betts


Concepts & practice of occupational health and safety management systems within work environments, including the conduct of an audit are examined. Includes accident/incident causation theories and models, investigative techniques, reporting & statistics, safety systems, fire prevention & control. Incident causation and accident types, including slips, trips and falls are also examined.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings and models of best practice for risk management in the workplace;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the various approaches to providing for the application of 'Safety Management Systems' and a 'Safety Management Plan' in the workplace;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the essential elements required of any 'Safety Management System' for providing safety in the workplace and how each element may be affected by relevant legislation and the role adopted by regulators; and
  4. advise a company or other organisation on its obligations regarding the selection and introduction of a 'Safety Management System'.


Web-based tasks (25%)
Assignment 1 (2,500 words) (25%)
Assignment 2 (2,500 words) (25%)
Block study participation (25%)

Hurdle: Full attendance at unit block days.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 day block.

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