Construction Induction Cards – What Colour are they?

Are you interested in obtaining your general construction induction training but confused as to what card applies to you?

The OHS Red Card Victoria as well as the Blue Card Queensland and Green Card NSW and WA have now been replaced by one national certificate which can be obtained online. The White Card has replaced the previous colour cards in order to streamline WH&S procedures throughout Oz. Now you can easilyobtain your nationally accredited White Card quickly and cheaply online with a registered training organisation.

If you are an employer, this new national approach will be particularly beneficial to you because it will allow you to streamline your construction safety training throughout the country. It will also make it easier for workers to access the course material which will be consistent across all states and will not infringe on valuable working hours. It is also the most cost effective way of training your staff on construction safety and is in fact compulsory for entry onto any building site in Oz.

While the previous OHS Red Card Victoria was valid only in the state of Victoria, the new national certification is valid throughout Australia, so you will not be limited to work in only one state.

The course is your first line of defence against the many workplace hazards present on construction sites. Issues that will be covered by the course include how to safely work from heights and prevent slips, trips and falls, how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders in workers, how to prevent fires from breaking out, safe use of tools, equipment and machinery, appropriate use of personal protective equipment and how to work safely in a confined space.

(Photo: Michelle Meiklejohn /

Another important hazard that the course will discuss is how to handle an asbestos situation. Asbestos is a very dangerous issue and one that workers, especially those involved in renovation work are often confronted with. Asbestos can be released into the air during renovations or demolition of buildings. Asbestos particles are particularly dangerous because they are tiny and are inhaled by workers which make them even more damaging to the body and the lungs.

Due to their tiny size, asbestos fibres are more dangerous when inhaled because they enter the smallest airways and air sacs of the lungs where the critical transfer of oxygen into the blood takes place.  Often workers do not realise that they are inhaling the deadly particles but over time these particles can cause irreversible damage.

The deadly asbestos fibresirritate the pleura of the lung causing them to become inflamed. Over time it develops into a fatal disease known at pleural disease. Lung cancer is another side effect that workers can experience, especially if they are smokers. Asbestosis is yet another potential disease that is caused by the fibrosis of the lungs due to asbestos exposure. Perhaps the most common disease that asbestos causes in Australia is Mesothelioma, also known as cancer of the lungs lining (pleura). This disease is a common one affecting a number of Australians who have had extended exposure to asbestos.

Workers who undergo construction site safety training will be educated on how to react to asbestos and other common hazards present on construction sites.