It is now a requirement under the Australian Workplace Health and Safety legislation that anyone that works on a construction site in any capacity must complete the safety induction training and be in possession of a white card.
The only exceptions are people that visit construction sites to make deliveries of any kind.
What is the general safety induction course?
Its official reference is CPCCWHS1001: Prepare to work safely in the construction industry, and it teaches people how to minimize risk and implement (as well as follow) control measure to ensure that the entire worksite is safer for everyone.
If you choose to undertake and complete the white card course online you must enrol only with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to ensure that the course you are doing is recognised nationally.
Once you have successfully finished the course online you will be given a white laminated card with a serial number that is signed by you with the date of issue. You will also receive a statement of attainment.
The white card training is divided into four categories:
- How you can recognise workplace health and safety requirements;
- How to recognise hazards at a construction site and devise control measures;
- How to recognise and use the appropriate methods of communication regard OH&S and understand the process of reporting;
- Understanding the appropriate procedures to use for incidents.
Some of the subjects that you can expect to cover whilst completing the course include:
– Learning about the Workplace Health and Safety ACT, the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations and the relevant Codes of Practice – this includes the responsibilities of every worker
– What exactly is risk management and how to conduct a risk management assessment on required tasks
– Learning about principal contractor’s safety plans and their significance at a construction site
– What a Work Method Statement (WMS) is and how they are used
– When a material safety data sheet needs to be used and where they should be found
– Standard emergency procedures
– Appropriate fire controls and the common cause of fire
– Who you need to report hazards in the workplace to and how this should be done
– The legal health and safety obligations of the different levels of workers at a construction site
– Learn about Health and Safety Officers
– And more!
The online white card course is ideal for everyone as it can be easily completed at your convenience and in the comfort of your own home or even office usually within 3-4 hours. It does not have to be completed all at once.
You can stop and restart and the online course will begin again where you left off.
Language, Literacy or Numeracy Skills (LLN)
Students will need to have sound English language, literacy and numeracy skills in order to complete the course and assessments. If a student is unsure whether they have the minimum language, literacy or numeracy skills to complete one of our courses, they can take an LLN pre-training assessment here before they enrol in the course. The test will help the student to check whether they can read, write, calculate or speak well enough to do the training and assessment.