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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!