SSEH5688 Introduction to Work Health and Safety

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers work contexts; legal aspects 1—work health and safety law; legal aspects 2—injury prevention and injury management; management systems—general; safety management systems; accident causation models and accident investigation; critical incident management; work health and safety (WHS) professional conduct; and corporate/social responsibility.
Students are able to (1) understand and apply knowledge related to WHS laws as they apply in various work contexts; (2) understand and apply knowledge related to general risk management and safety management systems; (3) be exposed to various accident causation models and accident investigation techniques; (4) understand and apply knowledge related to critical incident management; and (5) gain knowledge related to professional and ethical conduct and corporate/social responsibility in a WHS environment.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a two-hour final examination; (2) written assignments; and (3) incident investigation case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tim Ackland (SSEH) and Professor Allan McKinley (CHEM)
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330)
the Master of Exercise Science (52510)
the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
the Master of Health Science (71540)
Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.