White Card – Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking at getting your White Card and have a few questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered; read on to find out all the answers!

 

What is a White Card?

Your White Card, or CPCCWHS1001 (Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry), is a course which conducts training and assessment on your understanding of the national code of practice around working in construction.

a statement of attainment for your employers, so that they know and understand that you have successfully completed general construction induction training. It was also previously known as the blue card.

 

Why Do I Need A White Card?

You need to complete White Card training to be able to work safely in construction. While it may seem like a task, it’s really important to ensure that you have the appropriate skill level and understanding of the workplace health and safety policies related to working in construction.

 

Is A White Card Recognised Nationally?

Yes! The unit is nationally recognised, under a mutual recognition agreement between all states territories and can be used to work in all states and territories of Australia. Please check the requirements of your state or territory if you require additional specific training to accompany this.

 

How Do You Get a White Card?

To receive a White Card, you must undertake the accredited training unit, provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You must successfully complete the unit readings and assessments competency to ensure that your knowledge and skills meet the industry minimum requirements.  This involves a number of online assessments, completed at your own pace and one online assessment demonstrating your ability to correctly fit PPE (provided by you) and knowledge on key topics of the course.

 

What is In the White Card Test?

I wish I could give you the answers to make it a little easier, but every training provider asks different questions, so it can be a little tricky to give you the answers. But you don’t need to stress! It’s not a difficult test. Simply pay attention to the content and the questions will follow on easily.

 

How Long Does It Take to Get a White Card?

White Card Course completion typically takes between two and ten hours; so, don’t worry, you won’t be trapped in a classroom for days on end.

You have 3 months to complete your White Card online before it expires. This means that if you only have a couple of hours here or there, you can absolutely still complete your course and be qualified to work safely on a construction site, once you are deemed competent by our assessors.

 

How Long is the White Card Valid For? Do White Cards Expire?

Your White Card doesn’t expire! This means that you’ll simply need to complete your training once and then you’re qualified to continue working in construction for as long as you want.

However, Safe Work does recommend that, if it’s been more than two years since you worked in construction, you redo the course, just to make sure you’re up to scratch on all the current codes of practice as declared by safe work.

Expert Advice – Darryn Van Hout, Australian Solar Quotes

With the increasing global energy requirements and the shrinking fossil fuel reserves, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal power are fast garnering momentum in the construction industry as part of both the short and long-term solution to energy security.

The construction industry is one of the major energy consumers. The presence of generators at work sites to facilitate activities such as welding, pumping water and polishing is commonplace. From the onset of any construction activity, reliable power is mandatory for the successful completion of the project. This has to be factored in during the project planning phase to ensure construction activities are not disrupted or slowed down by power cuts.

Construction industry requires reliable source of energy

Solar is gaining popularity as the most efficient and affordable source of renewable power for Australia’s escalating energy demands. With its mostly hot and sunny climate, solar energy is a logical addition to the electricity sector. The construction industry in Australia can therefore enjoy a high return on investment if they were to integrate solar systems into their current power supply.

Recent times have seen an increased use of renewable power, with more and more solar panels being installed as a source of sustainable energy in the construction industry. Etrainu, a leader in online training and business solutions in Australia, is helping shape the renewable energy sector through its cutting edge digital products and programs which incorporate construction online courses that are offered through its custom-built Learning Management System (LMS).

etrainu training people for the energy sector’s future dynamic

As highlighted in one of etrainu’s posts, alternative technology is redefining the future and fast revolutionising how we work, socialise and interact. Similarly, solar technology is a major component of the renewable energy field, with next generation innovations such as high volt solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, electric cars etc.

The cost of solar panels continues to decrease and the technology is now frequently used in the construction industry. For instance, the powerful photovoltaic panels combined with a control panel can be integrated with a pumping system at a building site. Alternatively, when a battery is added to the pumping system, the power generated can also be used for general lighting.

Investment in solar power systems is viable with huge cost benefits; in essence, the solar facility’s cost can be recovered within a short span of time. Australia has come a long way in terms of investment in solar systems. The increasingly high uptake of solar technology and installations is a step forward.

Solar development a step in the right direction for Australia

The growing demand for clean, sustainable and reliable energy conservation compels the federal government to invest more in utility-scale solar projects as well as provide subsidies to encourage more people to acquire renewable facilities at affordable prices. With the wide range of innovative solutions to suit any terrain including ground-mounted PV installations and solar parking structures which make the most of any available space, people are increasingly turning to solar for their energy needs.

The Australian solar energy sector has great potential and continues to grow rapidly. This growth has been enhanced by the commitment of some of the most reputable solar installation companies that deliver exceptional services on time and within budget. Irrespective of the project’s complexities, scope or site constraints, Australian households as well as the construction industry can utilise the abundant resource by installing crystalline or photovoltaic panels, fixed or tilt-mounted modules, thin film modules, combined with dual-axis or single tracking systems.

Besides breathing new life into the construction industry, solar energy will offer Australian consumers’ maximum cost savings while reducing their environmental impact. With the solar installation companies becoming more innovative by the day, cleaner and more effective energy solutions that meet the evolving global energy needs will be provided.

Photo courtesy of Wayne National Forest

Author: Darryn Van Hout from Australian Solar Quotes

Safety Signs – White Card Online

Across all Australian construction sites, warning and safety signs can prevent accidents and even fatalities to both workers and the general public.

But what is the point of having safety signs if we do not understand the symbols on them? Safety signage around the workplace is important as it not only communicates foreseeable danger or warning; it informs workers on the construction site of the correct safety procedures to follow in order to stay safe from harm or what to do in the case of emergency.

In our White Card online training course, we address all the forms of signage that workers will see and need to know about on the construction site and how they can prevent injuries.

1. Safety Signs

Safety signs are a crucial part of maintaining a safe workplace, both for construction workers on the worksite and for the general public. Safety signs are effective in communicated messages quickly, even with those who speak little to no English. For example, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) signs easily demonstrate that certain equipment must be worn because of the picture of the man wearing the equipment, i.e.: man wearing ear muffs, man wearing safety glasses. Knowing what each sign means or is trying to communicate is vital to keeping safe on your construction site.

2. Categories and Colour Codes

Colour is the most crucial aspect of a safety sign and communicates information more effectively than text as it has a greater impact on our brain. As a result, safety signs are labeled in different colour categories depending on the context. The colour categories include:

• ‘No’ symbol signs: These signs feature a bright red circle with a diagonal line through the centre. They are designed to inform when something is not allowed.

• Red category signs: These signs have a red background with the word ‘DANGER’ at the top with a black boarder. These are designed to attract attention and convey an important message.

• Blue category signs: These signs are instructional, with the word ‘NOTICE’. The directions of the sign must be followed. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) signs also come under the blue category.

• Orange category signs: These signs inform that security access is needed in a particular area.

• Yellow category signs: These signs are designed to indicate workers to take caution. They are marked with the word ‘WARNING’.

• Green category signs: These are used on First Aid Signage and Emergency Evacuation signs. These indicate SAFETY.

• Black and white category signs: These signs indicate general information and include messages such as ‘No Entry, Authorised Personnel Only, No Access, No Thoroughfare’ etc.

3. Additional Signs

Used in Construction Industry besides the aforementioned signs above, there are several other safety signs or symbols that you may encounter on the construction site.

These include:
• Out of service tags: These tags indicate that a particular piece of machinery or equipment is faulty or out of service and needs maintenance and/or repairs before it will be safe to use.

• Fire signs: These signs are used to indicate the location of fire extinguishers, fire hoses and fire blankets on the construction site.

• Exit signs: Green signs with the word ‘EXIT’ or with a left arrow with a man leaving through a door. They indicate where to exit on a construction site.

By completing our White Card online training course, you will be able to recognise and interpret all of the signs on the construction website, keeping yourself, your co-workers and the general public safe from danger or potential injury.

To find out more about our White Card Online course, click here.

For state specific information, look to our White Card online state based pages – QLD, TAS, WAVIC, NT, SA.

How Hazardous Noise Can Affect Your Safety – White Card Online

Construction workers are exposed to a large number of hazards on site everyday, and one of the biggest preventative methods to noise hazards is awareness. To be completely aware of what’s going on around them, workers need to keep themselves safe by being able to hear what’s going on around them.

Hazardous noise on a work site can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing and can destroy their ability to hear clearly, therefore putting them at risk of other hazards by making it more difficult to hear important sounds such as warning signals or instructions.

A construction site can be especially noisy, so it is vital that the risks associated with noise are managed. There are many situations on a construction site where a worker’s inability to hear adequately can place them at risk of injury or death.

Why manage noise? Managing noise is important for several reasons.

  • Managing noise helps protect workers from hearing loss and tinnitus – a constant ringing in the ears or head.

  • It helps improve on-site communication and ensures workers are able to hear warning sounds.

  • Lower levels of noise can contribute to a less stressful, more productive working environment.

Considering these points, it’s very important that all workers, managers and site supervisors work to reduce the exposure of excessive noise.

Here are our suggestions to prevent risk of exposure to hazardous noise:

  • Use safety signs to indicate Hearing Protection Areas.

  • Be very careful to keep to the recommended exposure level of 85 decibels per 8-hour day over a 7day work week.

  • Remember that anything above peak noise level (140 decibels) can instantly damage hearing! Avoid this risk at ALL times!

The table below demonstrates the level of common worksite tools

ActivityDecibel Level (dB)Time to reach allowed daily excessNoise reduction needed (dBA)
Drilling Timber858 hours0
Angle Grinder9545 minutes10
Circular Saw1054.5 minutes20
Chainsaw11530 seconds30
Pneumatic Drill (Jack Hammer)12010 seconds35
Pile Hammer1253 seconds40

This table indicates the recommended allowable noise levels for various activities and power tools you may encounter on a construction site.

Angle Grinder: The allowable decibel level for drilling timber is 85 decibels for a maximum of eight hours. No noise reduction is required for safe, prolonged use.

Circular Saw: A circular saw may be used for four and a half minutes, as it operates on 105 decibels. Noise must be reduced by 20 dBA to operate for more than 4.5 minutes.

Chain Saw: A chainsaw operates at 115 decibels and can be used for a maximum of 30 seconds per day. Noise must be reduced by 30 dBA to use a chainsaw safely for more than 30 seconds.

Pneumatic Drill (Jack Hammer): A pneumatic drill (jack hammer) operates at 120 decibels. It can be used for a maximum of 10 seconds. Noise must be reduced by 35 dBA if a pneumatic drill is to be used for longer than 10 seconds.

Pile Hammer: A pile hammer operates at a decibel level of 125 and can therefore be used for only three seconds before noise must be reduced by 40 dBA.

By completing our White Card online training course, you will be educated and informed about safety including extensive informational on noise hazards.

Completing White Card online training is a legal requirement for those working in the construction industry. Holding a White Card demonstrates that you are well informed about construction site safety, hazard identification and worksite procedures.

To find out more about our White Card Online course, click here.

For state specific information, look to our White Card online state based pages – QLD, TAS, WAVIC, NT, SA.

 

Australian Laws, Standards and Codes – White Card Online


Australia’s Construction Laws, Standards and Codes aren’t designed to bore you, they are in place to ensure safety for you and your family while providing equal outcomes and opportunity for all.

For this reason, it’s important for anyone working on a construction site to familiarise themselves with the various legislations and regulations that govern workplace health and safety and the way we legally operate at work. 

Below we’ve outline the Laws, Standards and Codes that apply to the construction industry, which are further covered in-depth in our White Card online training course.

1. Types of Laws

Workplace Health and Safety in the construction industry is governed by different types of laws, each designed to achieve different outcomes.

These Laws are:
• Harmonised Laws: laws relating to workplace health and safety that affect all states
• Preventative Laws: laws relating to risk and hazard control on the website.
• Common Laws: laws relating to general customs of the community.
• Compensation Law: laws relating to the support workers receive after a work-related injury.

2. Australian Standards

Australian Standards are published documents that set out specifications and procedures to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended. Some examples of this documentation include:
• Specifications
• Handbooks
• Guidelines

3. Codes of Practice

There are two types of codes that apply to the construction industry:
• National Codes of Practice
• Industry Codes of Practice

If a Code of Practice does exist at your workplace, you must do what the code states. If there is no Code of Practice, you are required to adopt another way that identifies and manages exposure to the risk. Always take reasonable precautions and exercise due care.



4. Negligence

No matter what your role is on the construction site, everyone has a duty of care to themselves and others. The laws that govern the construction industry are in place for the benefit of all involved.

Failing to take proper Duty of Care is known as ‘negligence’, and there are serious consequences for those found guilty of negligence.

5. Penalties

Did you know breaching safety regulations can result in hefty fines or even jail time? 

That’s right! If a corporation, business or an individual have been found guilty of breaching an Act of legislation or regulation, heavy penalties are put in place to keep them enforced.

By completing our White Card Online training course, you will be educated and informed about all the legislations and regulations of the construction industry, which will not only help you work safely but it could save you from paying heavy fines or facing jail time!

Completing White Card online training is a legal requirement for those working in the construction industry. Holding a White Card demonstrates that you are well informed about construction site safety, hazard identification and worksite procedures.

To find out more about our White Card Online course, click here.

For state specific information, look to our White Card online state based pages – QLD, TAS, WAVIC, NT, SA.

The Right Start – Keep Young Workers Safe with White Card Training

A new WorkSafe QLD video has revealed alarming researching statics indicating that around 700 young workers in the construction industry are becoming seriously injured at work each year!

Serious injury (in this instance) is defined as an injury that keeps them off work for at least five days, potentially causing an outcome that could affect their ability to work for the rest of their life.

As a registered training provider of the White Card Online Course across all Australian states, etrainu feels obligated to share this video and encourage all employers, managers and supervisors to watch and understand the importance of keeping young workers safe!

The video follows the workday of two young construction workers and shows relatable scenarios highlighting the difference between effective and ineffective work design, the importance of providing induction training as well as adequate supervision, feedback, employee support and mentoring for ALL young workers.

As discussed in the video, young workers have a unique risk profile because they are potentially still developing intellectually, socially and physically.

Young workers are less likely to ask questions or raise safety concerns. This again pushes the underlining lesson that safety induction training (as per our White Card Online Training Course) MUST BE completed by every young worker.

This is not only the responsibility of the worker to take on this training, but also that of their manger or supervisor to check they have completed the training and successfully acquired their White Card.

The White Card Online Course is designed to teach basic knowledge of risks in construction work and how to prevent them.

Find out more information, here.

Go-To-Guide: Getting A White Card in Victoria

Did you know IT IS POSSIBLE to get a White Card in Victoria through online training?

Training for the White Card Victoria or Construction OH&S Induction Card will equip you with the necessary safety knowledge to work on both domestic and commercial construction sites. The online course has been designed to teach you the key information about Workplace Health and Safety Laws in place in Victoria.

Now you can complete it online in your spare time and you don’t even need to miss a day of work! It is a lot easier and more efficient to complete your White Card course training online with our newly developed eLearning module!

Although Worksafe Victoria do not accept White Card Training from local RTO’s to deliver course training, they DO accept White Cards from other States.

“An employer must accept any of the following things as evidence that the worker has done construction induction training:…. recognised evidence of construction induction training (e.g. a statement or card issued under similar requirements in another Australian state or territory).”

We’ve created this step-by-step guide on how to complete a VALID White Card online training course!

 

Step OneFind Out if you need a White Card.

If you work in any area of the Victorian Construction Industry, then there’s an excellent chance you do! All Victorian construction employees need proof they’ve completed the general OHS construction induction training. The White Card Victoria is a legal requirement necessary when working in almost every construction role throughout the Victorian Construction Industry.

This includes:

  • Anyone who carries out construction work in Victoria, including site managers and supervisors, surveyors, labourers, apprentices, trainees and trades persons
  • Anyone who accesses operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person
  • Anyone whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones including engineers and surveyors.

 

Step Two – Understand what the White Card is and WHY you need it

The purpose of the White Card course is to reduce deaths and injuries by helping you to understand why safety is important and how you can think about safety as you carry out your construction job every day.

In five years from 2007 – 2012, 211 construction workers died from work-related injuries. The total number of deaths in the construction industry equates to 4.34 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which is nearly twice the national rate of 2.29.

 Don’t let yourself become a statistic. Keep the Victorian Construction Industry Safe!

 

Step Three – Set some time aside and prepare yourself for the online course.

This entire course is designed around work place health and safety. It’s a lot of rules, regulations and procedures – so sit down, relax and take it all in!

Here’s a brief rundown of the learning areas:

  • The roles and responsibilities of Employers, Workers, Work Health & Safety (WHS) Inspectors, WHS Advisors and WHS Committees
  • What NOT to do -Types of Australian Laws and what could happen if you or your worksite is in breach
  • How to prevent and/or manage workplace incidents
  • How to identify and manage hazards and risks in construction
  • Workplace communication and reporting
  • What are high risk activities are and what work license you need to have in order to carry out these tasks
  • Emergency management procedures
  • Working with hazardous substances

 

Step Four – Head Online to Carry Out Your Training

Now you know that you can obtain your White Card online through everything is easy! You’ll be completing a Queensland training course and will be issued with a Queensland White Card – valid for anyone working in Victoria.

Your online training will be carried out my etrainu and is an accepted online training course by WorkSafe Victoria.

Our online training will take you anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on how quickly you can process information.

Then your White Card will be posted to your Victorian address in the post and you will be provided with a unique White Card number.

 

Step Five – Check to see if you need any additional training

It’s important to remember the White Card is only a generalised induction training.  To legally work in construction throughout South Australia there is other training you may need to carry out before commencing work.

This includes:

  • Site Specific Induction Training – training organised by a particular employer to provide
  • you with knowledge of safe work practices specific to the site you’re working on.
  • Task Specific Induction Training – training provided your place of work for a specific
  • task/job. This assists you in understanding how to carry out a particular task in the
  • safest manner.

It’s your responsibility to confirm with your employer that you have completed the necessary training!

The Ways of the White Card in Tasmania

This blog is a simple and easy breakdown of frequently asked questions about the White Card Tasmania course you will need to complete before carrying out Construction work in Tasmania.  We will discuss how to do who needs a White Card, why you need it and how to complete the online training course to become accredited.

 

1) Do I need to have a White Card to work in construction in Tasmania?

You sure do! If you want to work in any area of the Tasmanian Construction Industry, then you 100% need to have a valid White Card Tasmania!

You need to have a valid White Card if you are:

  • Someone who carries out construction work in Hobart or anywhere in Tasmania, including site managers and supervisors, surveyors, labourers, apprentices, trainees and trades persons
  • Someone who accesses operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person
  • Someone whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones including engineers and surveyors.

 

2)  I don’t really understand how to get a White Card Tasmania or why I need it?

The White Card or WHS Tasmania Construction is attainable through an online training course that is easy, convenient and flexible. You can do it on your own time.

The online training course you will be completing covers the most recent Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws and requirements of the Tasmanian WHS Act 2012 and WHS Regulations 2012.

The purpose of the White Card course is to reduce deaths and injuries by helping you to understand why safety is important and how you can think about safety as you carry out your construction job every day.

Over five years, (from 2007 – 2012) 211 construction workers died from work-related injuries. The total number of deaths in the construction industry equates to 4.34 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which is nearly twice the national rate of 2.29.

The reason you need a White Card is so you are well aware and trained in workplace safety precautions! You need a White Card so you don’t become the next statistic!

 

3) What am I going to learn throughout the White Card online training?

The online training course for the Tasmanian White Card is centered on work place health and safety. It’s a lot of rules, regulations and procedures. It’s very simple stuff and there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with most of it BUT we need to be SURE you know how to be safe at work.

Here are the key areas you will be learning about:

  • The roles and responsibilities of Employers, Workers, Work Health & Safety (WHS) Inspectors, WHS Advisors and WHS Committees
  • What NOT to do -Types of Australian Laws and what could happen if you or your worksite is in breach
  • How to prevent and/or manage workplace incidents
  • How to identify and manage hazards and risks in construction
  • Workplace communication and reporting
  • What are high risk activities are and what work license you need to have in order to carry out these tasks
  • Emergency management procedures
  • Working with hazardous substances

 

4) Do I need to know anything before starting the training?

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or training. The White Card training is an INDUCTION course – it’s just the beginning!

 

5) Is this the only training I need to do to work in Construction in Tasmania?

No, there’s a number of other training you may need to complete before being able to legally work on site in Tasmania. It’s important to remember the White Card is only induction training.

Some other training you may also need to complete includes:

  • Site Specific Induction Training – training organised by a particular employer to provide you with knowledge of safe work practices specific to the site you’re working on.
  • Task Specific Induction Training – training provided your place of work for a specific task/job. This assists you in understanding how to carry out a particular task in the safest manner.

It’s your responsibility to confirm with your employer that you have completed the necessary training! If you’re unsure – ASK!

6 Simple Steps to Getting Your White Card in South Australia

  1. Find out what a White Card SA really is!

The White Card SA course is an online training program equipping you with the necessary knowledge to attain the General Construction Induction Card, now nationally recognised as the ‘White Card’. The online course is designed to teach you the key information about Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws relevant to construction work. It will help you to understand why safety in construction is so important, how to work safely and think about safety as you carry out tasks.

 

  1. Do you even need a White Card? Discover state specific information for your training.

The short answer is, yes! The White Card is a legal requirement when working in almost every role throughout the Australian construction industry.

This includes:

  • Anyone who carries out construction work in South Australia, including site managers and supervisors, surveyors, labourers, apprentices, trainees and trades persons
  • Anyone who accesses operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person, and
  • Anyone whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones including engineers and surveyors.

 

  1. Understand the purpose the White Card SA

The purpose of the White Card course is to reduce deaths and injuries by helping you to understand why safety is important and how you can think about safety as you carry out your construction job every day.

In five years from 2007 – 2012, 211 construction workers died from work-related injuries. The total number of deaths in the construction industry equates to 4.34 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which is nearly twice the national rate of 2.29.

Don’t let yourself become another statistic!

 

  1. Prepare for the course – understand what the training is about!

Here’s a hit – Workplace Health and Safety is EVERYTHING with the course. Remember this course is an induction, it’s plain Jane and basic learning! This will teach you everything you need to know about safety on site when working in South Australia.

Here’s a quick overview of the topics:

  • The roles and responsibilities of Employers, Workers, Work Health & Safety (WHS) Inspectors, WHS Advisors and WHS Committee’s
  • What NOT to do -Types of Australian Laws and what could happen if you or your worksite is in breach
  • How to prevent and/or manage workplace incidents
  • How to identify and manage hazards and risks in construction
  • Workplace communication and reporting
  • What are high risk activities are and what work license you need to have in order to carry out these tasks
  • Emergency management procedures
  • Working with hazardous substances

 

  1. Head online to complete your training

Trust us, it’s easy! Complete your course online with etrainu today!  It can take anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on your pace. Once you complete your assessment successfully, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment immediately. Your White Card valid in Souther Australia will be posted to your address in the mail and we can also provide you with your unique White Card number if needed urgently.

 

  1. Identify if you need any further training

The White Card is only general induction training. There is a number of other training you may need to carry out before being legally capable of working in South Australia.

This includes:

  • Site Specific Induction Training – training organised by a particular employer to provide you with knowledge of safe work practices specific to the site you’re working
  • Task Specific Induction Training – training provided your place of work for a specific job. This assists you in understanding how to carry out a particular task in the safest manner.

It’s your responsibility to confirm with your employer that you have completed the necessary training!

Northern Territory White Card & Construction Industry

In terms of dollar value, the construction industry in the Northern Territory (NT) is leading the race against the other Australian states and territories.

The findings published by Commonwealth Securities (ComSec) stated that Western Australia (WA) is leading in terms of overall construction performance but the Northern Territory is at the top when it comes to construction activity.

So who wants to work in the legendary construction state? You do? Well, you need to complete your White Card training first!

See below our researched list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers about how, why and who should carry out the essential White Card training course in the Northern Territory.

 

  1. Do I need to have a White Card to work in construction in the Northern Territory?

Yes, you most definitely do. If you are wanting to work in any area of the NT Construction Industry, you are legally required to have a valid White Card.

This applies to:

  • A person who carries out construction work in the Northern Territory, including site managers and supervisors, surveyors, labourers, apprentices, trainees and trades persons
  • A person who accesses operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person
  • A person whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones including engineers and surveyors.

 

  1. How do I actually get a White Card valid in the Northern Territory?

The most easy and effortless way to get your NT White Card is through an online training course that is convenient and flexible.

The online training course you will be completing covers the most recent Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws and requirements of the NT WorkSafe regulations.

 

  1. Why do I need a White Card?

The purpose of the White Card course is to improve training and understanding of Workplace health and safety and reduce deaths and injuries by helping you to understand why safety is important.  This is information you should always consider when working in your construction role every single day!

From 2007 – 2012 211 construction workers died from work-related injuries. The total number of deaths in the construction industry equates to 4.34 fatalities per 100,000 workers, which is nearly twice the national rate of 2.29.

The underlining reason why NT White Card training is so important is because the course is educating you on necessary workplace safety precautions! This can be the difference between life or death accidents in the work place. Get your White Card today so you don’t become the next statistic!

 

  1. What about the Green Card?

The White Card has now replaced the old Blue, Red, and Green Cards which are no longer issued in any other states nation-wide, including the Northern Territory.

 

  1. What does the White Card training course teach me?

The online training course for the NT White Card is centred on workplace health and safety legislations. It’s very simple stuff and there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with most of it BUT we need to be SURE you know how to be safe at work.

These are the key areas you will be learning about:

  • Overview of the Northern Territories OH&S regulatory frameworks
  • “Duty of Care” and “Employer and Worker obligations and responsibilities”
  • Reporting and recording incidents and accidents requirements
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Construction industry safe work practices
  • Hazards within the industry — identification, control and reporting to relevant authorities
  • Safety signs and symbols in the workplace
  • Risk management used in the work place
  • Basic manual handling techniques
  • Emergency response and evacuation procedures
  • Effects of drugs in the workplace in the workplace
  • Contingency and emergency procedures generally utilised
  • Basic fire and fire extinguisher awareness required in the workplace

 

  1. Is there anything I need to study before I start the training for the NT White Card?

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or have researched/studied any additional information to complete this training. The White Card training is an INDUCTION course – it’s just the beginning!

 

  1. Is this the only training I need to legally work in Construction in the Northern Territory?

No, it’s not the only training you will need. There are a number of other legal requirements for working within a construction site in the Northern Territory.  It’s important to remember the White Card is only induction safety training.

Some other training you may also need to complete includes:

  • Site Specific Induction Training – training organised by a particular employer to provide you with knowledge of safe work practices specific to the site you’re working on.
  • Task Specific Induction Training – training provided your place of work for a specific task/job. This assists you in understanding how to carry out a particular task in the safest manner.

It’s your responsibility to confirm with your employer that you have completed the necessary training! If you’re unsure – ASK!