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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.

 

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!

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!

What To Know About the WA White Card

What is the WA White Card Course?

In order to get your General Construction Induction Card (known as the White Card) you need to complete this White Card training successfully. The course will raise your awareness in the areas of safety and common hazards on construction sites.

 

Can I work in states other than WA with the White Card?

Of course you can! From the end of August 2009 in Western Australia this training became a nationally accredited unit of competence CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry. This means it is recognised in all other states and territories across Australia.

But beware! In NSW, only WA issued cards dated after 1 July 2009 will be recognised. [1]

 

What if I completed Construction Induction Training before this?

Good news! If you completed the course 51466 Course in Safety Awareness Training you don’t have to repeat the training as it was also nationally recognised and is equivalent to the new unit of competence.

So, there is no need for you to repeat induction training because all cards already issued will remain valid under the regulations.

The National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work is an advisory document and provides an option for repeat training if a person leaves the industry for more than two years, or, if the employer considers repeat training necessary. It may be the case that some employers require repeat induction training, in accordance with the code, as part of safety and health management processes.[2]

 

Do I have to complete this training?

If you want to work in the Western Australia construction industry then you must complete White Card training and produce your White Card when required. You White Card is the minimum requirement but by law your employer also has to provide you with other training such as a Site Induction and Task Specific inductions.

General induction training is recommended:

  • If you carry out construction work, (this includes site managers/supervisors, surveyors, labourers and trades persons)
  • If you access operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person, and/or
  • If your need to routinely enter operational construction zones.

 

How do I complete this training?

It’s as simple as accessing the course online. Depending on your pace it will take you anywhere between 2 – 6 hours. Once you complete your assessment successfully, you will immediately be issued with a Statement of Attainment. Your WA White Card will be posted to your address in the mail and we can also give you with your unique White Card number if needed urgently.

 

What does the course cover?

You will learn:

  • Everyone’s roles and responsibilities including yours. This also includes Employers, Work Health and Safety (WHS) Inspectors, WHS Advisors and WHS Committee’s
  • Types of Laws and what the consequences may be for breaches
  • What you need to do to prevent or handle incidents that may occur while you’re on site
  • How you can identify and manage hazards and risks in construction. This is important because you can prevent or minimise the impact of you or a fellow colleague getting injured at work
  • Reporting and communication
  • What high risk activities are and the licenses required to perform certain tasks
  • What to do in case of an emergency
  • Working with hazardous substances (So, if you’re on-site and required to work around hazardous substances such as asbestos, which can have life threatening affects, you will know the safety precautions you should take).

 

Why is this training so important?

211 construction workers died from work-related injuries in the five years from 2007 – 2012. 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.

  • 24% of these fatalities related to falls from height (this included falls from buildings, ladders and scaffolding).
  • 16% of these fatalities were from Vehicle incidents (this included incidents were the worker was in a car or truck).
  • 27% of these fatalities were from being hit by moving objects and being hit by falling objects. [3]

In the same five years from 2007 – 2012, of all serious workers compensation claims, the construction industry accounted for 11% of those. On average, there were 39 claims each day from employees who required one or more weeks off work because of work-related injury or disease. [4]

Western Australia alone reported an average of 23 serious claim incidents per 1000 employees in 2011/2012.[5]

The White Card course is designed to help you to understand why safety is important and how you can think about safety as you carry out your construction job every day so we can decrease deaths and injuries.

You are important and safety in the workplace can seriously affect your quality of life!

 

What influence does the construction industry have in Western Australia?

The construction industry impacts on the lives of every Western Australian. It provides the homes in which we live, recreational facilities, schools, hospitals and infrastructure for transport, water and electricity supply and telecommunications. The construction industry is an integral part of the Western Australian economy and the engineering construction for large mining projects is of particular importance to the state’s economy.[6]

Take a look at these interesting stats that show the significant impact the construction industry has had for Western Australia:

  • The value of construction activity increased by 40.5% over five years to 2003, mainly driven by engineering construction.
  • The value of residential building activity increased by 40.6% over five years to 2003.
  • In 2002/2003 the Construction Industry employed 77,900 persons or 8.1% of the WA’s total workforce.

 

With an ever increasing focus on construction and development in the State, it is so important that effective training is provided in safety and safety procedures are carried out and taken seriously on construction sites!

 

[1] http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/construction_induction_training.pdf

[2] http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/atoms/files/construction_induction_training.pdf

[3] http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/874/Australian-Workers-Compensation-Statistics-2011-12.pdf

[4] http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/874/Australian-Workers-Compensation-Statistics-2011-12.pdf

[5] http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/874/Australian-Workers-Compensation-Statistics-2011-12.pdf

[6] http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/0/3328109c63cdaf89ca256e6f00087850/$FILE/The%20Construction%20industry%20in%20Western%20Australia_final.pdf

What You Should Know About the NSW White Card

What is the NSW White Card?

This is your General Construction Induction Card! In order to get this, you need to complete the White Card course which will educate you in the areas of safety awareness and common hazards on construction sites.

 

Do I have to complete this training?

If you want to work in the New South Wales construction industry, then yes the White Card training must be completed! You will also need to show your NSW White Card when requested while on-site. Your employer is also required to provide you with other training such as a Site Induction and Task Specific inductions however your White Card is the minimum requirement.

 

Does everyone need to complete this training?

General induction training is recommended for a variety of people involved in a construction project. This includes:

  • People who carry out construction work, including site managers/supervisors, surveyors, labourers and trades persons
  • People who access operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person, and
  • People whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones (for example, Work Health and Safety (WHS) Inspectors).

 

I’m moving to NSW from another state. Will my card be valid?

The good news is – The White Card is a nationally accredited qualification and meets the requirements for GIT under clause 317 of the WHS Regulation. So if you have a White Card, this will be valid in NSW and anywhere in Australia.

If you have a previous General Induction Construction Card which is currently valid and recognised in your current state and it has not been cancelled, suspended or expired, then yes, this will be recognised in New South Wales!

You may have to produce your interstate White Card if requested by a NSW Inspector. They may also ask you to provide a sample of your usual signature. If you are carrying out work in the NSW construction industry and you can’t produce an interstate card on request’, this could result in an inspector issuing an improvement or penalty notice to the person in control of the site or the construction work.[1]

 

The bad news is – Any cards from another jurisdiction will only be regarded as valid if you have not been out of the industry for more than two years (as per clause 316 of the WHS Regulation).

 

What if I move to another state? Will my card be valid?

As the White Card is nationally accredited this will be recognised in any state or territory across Australia.

If you have a NSW GIT card issued under the WHS Regulation from 1 January 2012 or a construction induction card issued between 1 September 2009 to 31 December 2011, this will be recognised throughout Australia. [2]

The former NSW construction induction cards that were issued between 29 March 2004 and 31 August 2009 are recognised in all jurisdictions other than Western Australia. [3]

 

How do I complete this training?

It’s easy! This is an online course that will take you between about 2 – 6 hours to complete, depending on your pace. Once you complete your assessment successfully, a Statement of Attainment will be issued to you immediately. A nationally recognised QLD White Card that is valid in NSW will be posted to your address in the mail and we can also provide you with your unique White Card number if needed urgently.

 

What does the course cover?

In this course you will learn:

  • The roles and responsibilities of Employers, Workers, Work Health & Safety (WHS) Inspectors, WHS Advisors and WHS Committee’s so that you know how things should be done and who to contact when you’re on-site
  • Types of Australian Laws and what could happen if you or your worksite is in breach
  • How to prevent and/or manage workplace incidents so that if something happens while you’re on site, you know what to do
  • How to identify and manage hazards and risks in construction. This is important because you have the ability to prevent or minimise the impact of you or a fellow worker getting hurt at work
  • Workplace communication and reporting
  • What high risk activities are and what work license you need to have in order to carry out these tasks
  • Emergency management procedures so that you know what you need to do or where you need to be in the case of an emergency
  • Working with hazardous substances – So, if you’re on-site and required to work around hazardous substances such as asbestos, which can have life threatening affects, you will know the safety precautions you should take.

 

Why is this training so important?

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

  • Falls from height related to almost 25% of these fatalities (this included falls from buildings, ladders and scaffolding).
  • Vehicle incidents related to 16% of these fatalities (this included incidents where the worker was in a car or truck).
  • Being hit by moving objects and being hit by falling objects related to 27% of these fatalities. [4]

 

In the same five years from 2007 – 2012, the construction industry accounted for 11% of all serious workers compensation claims. On average, there were 39 claims each day from employees who needed one or more weeks off work because of work-related injury or disease. [5]

New South Wales alone reported an average of 19.4 serious claim incidents per 1000 employees in 2011/2012.[6]

The White Card course intends to help you understand why safety is important and how you can think about safety as you carry out your construction job every day in order to reduce the occurrence of deaths and injuries.

Safety is important, because you are important and safety in the workplace can seriously affect your quality of life!

With an ever increasing focus on construction and development in the State, it is imperative that appropriate safety training is provided and effective safety procedures carried out and taken seriously on construction sites!

 

 

[1] http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/media/publications/health-and-safety/recognition-of-general-construction-induction-training-cards-fact-sheet

[2] http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/media/publications/health-and-safety/recognition-of-general-construction-induction-training-cards-fact-sheet

[3] http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/media/publications/health-and-safety/recognition-of-general-construction-induction-training-cards-fact-sheet

[4] http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/430/Construction-Fact-Sheet-2011-12.pdf

[5] http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/430/Construction-Fact-Sheet-2011-12.pdf

[6] http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/430/Construction-Fact-Sheet-2011-12.pdf