Locate and use the model Code of Practice for Hazardous Manual Tasks

| March 29, 2017


Assessment Three

Learning Outcomes

Identify areas of compliance and non-compliance
Develop proactive strategies to achieve legal compliance
· Develop risk control strategies for areas of non-compliance

· Develop methods for continual monitoring of performance indicators


Locate and use the model Code of Practice for Hazardous Manual Tasks (Safe Work Australia, 2011) to assist you to identify a hazardous manual task that is undertaken at your workplace (or a community organisation, at home etc).

Provide a report to the organisation describing the non-compliant findings and recommend proactive strategies that would achieve future compliance with the relevant work health and safety legislation. Use the information below to guide you in the requirements for this report.

Word Limit: 1500-1800 words

Layout and Marking Guide

Presentation – 3 marks

This assignment is a simulated professional report to your manager,so please use the following headings –

ECU Assignment Cover page
Title Page
Contents Page
Main Body (see below for the various headings to use here)
Reference list
Grade Related Descriptor (Self Assessment Tool)
Remember to read the General Assessment Guidelines for OSH and Environmental Health Students for instruction on how an assignment should be presented, what is included in word counts etc.

Introduction – 3 marks

Provide background information and set the scene for the reader
Clearly state the purpose of the report
Explain how the report will be structured

Summary of Findings – 8marks

Provide a summary of findings for the identified non-compliant hazardous manual task. You need to explain why the manual task was found to be non-compliant using evidence based information, such as specific sections of acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards or any other guidance materials relevant to the area. You need to demonstrate thorough research of the area by including all relevant legislation and guidance materials and the specific sections, chapters, parts etc that relate to the area.
Proactive Strategies – 8marks

Describe two proactive strategies that would achieve future compliance in this area. Again you need to provide evidence based information to explain and support the strategies and demonstrate how they would achieve compliance with relevant legislation, by again using relevant sections of acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards or any other guidance materials relevant to the area.
Performance Indicators – 4 marks

Describe two performance indicators you would use to measure whether or not the objectives of your proactive strategies are being met.

Legislative Summary Table – 6marks

Provide a summary table listing other relevant occupational safety and health legislation and guidance materials that may be useful when researching hazardous manual tasks and briefly explain why each one is useful to this area. You need to provide a minimum of two international, two national and two local (state/territory) sources. The purpose of this table is to demonstrate wide research of the area (see below for further explanation of minimum requirements).
Conclusion – 3 marks

Restate the purpose of the report in past tense
Summarise the main points from the report
Provide a concluding statement
Referencing – 3marks

In this assessment you will need to ensure you correctly cite relevant legislation and support materials within your report.
See your ECU Referencing Guide for structure and formatting of in text and end of text referencing requirements as well as the ECU OHS Library Subject Guide for further examples of how to correctly site these various sources.
If you use someone else’s ideas or words in a way that suggests they are your own (such as in your assessment), you need to acknowledge them with correct referencing. How to correctly do this is explained in detail in the ECU Referencing Guide. There is also many other helpful information resources available on the student intranet.
Self assessment – 2 marks

· Prior to submission you need to read and critically assess your own assessment against the Grade Related Descriptors (GRD). Copy and paste the below GRD into your assessment document and highlight in color where you think your assessment sits in terms of the assessment criteria. See below information for further details about grading levels.

Total Marks 40

How to submit your assessment

Please combine all parts of your assignment as one Word document and submit this to your lecturer/tutor via the ‘Turn It In’ link within the relevant assessment folder.

Further explanation of minimums and marking guides

Please note that any ‘minimums’ provided are given as a guide for what is expected to achieve minimum marks (ie a Pass). Please carefully read the Grade Related Descriptors below for more details on what is expected and required at each grading level.

For example, if a minimum of five references required, supplying five references would be demonstrating you have ‘researched adequately’, to achieve higher marks you need to demonstrate that you have ‘researched in depth’ or ‘in great depth’. The quality of the sources and in-text and end of text citations are also considered when marks are applied.

Simply providing the information requested in the assignment criteria will not automatically achieve a high distinction grade. Please read the Grade Related Descriptors below carefully to understand what is required at each grading level. If you aim to achieve a High Distinction then you will need to demonstrate you have achieved all elements required at that level.

Lastly, at postgrad level, spelling and grammatical errors are not acceptable and will result in lost marks, so make sure your work is carefully proof read and any errors removed prior to submission.

Grade Related Descriptors


Depth and breadth of Coverage

Critical Elements

Structure, Language and Conventions

(includes layout, readability, referencing, professional language etc)

High Distinction

80 – 100%

All aspects were addressed and researched in great depth.

Demonstrates great depth of thought and understanding, excellent development of argument, logical analysis and insight into the subject.

All aspects conform to a high academic / professional standard.


70% – 79%

Most aspects were addressed and researched in depth.

Demonstrates solid understanding, some evidence of analysis, supported by logical argument and insight into the subject.

Most aspects conform to a high academic / professional standard.

Credit Pass

60% – 69%

Most aspects were addressed and researched adequately.

Demonstrates understanding of most major concepts, evidence of elementary analysis and the development of argument.

Most aspects conform to an acceptable academic / professional standard.


50% – 59%

Basic aspects were addressed and researched adequately.

Demonstrates mainly description, showing basic understanding of the topic.

Limited aspects conform to academic / professional standards.



Basic aspects were superficial, inadequate or absent.

Demonstrates limited understanding of the topic.

The work is not of an academic / professional standard.

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