Do I Need an RSA Certification Before I Start Work?

So you’ve been looking at this job and it says you need an RSA to be considered for the job. Do you actually need one? And for what circumstances?


What is an RSA?

An RSA or Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol is a course you must complete if you’re wanting to work in any place that sells or serves alcohol. This unit is required by law in all Australian states and territories before you can work in a licensed venue.

The RSA will provide you with vital skills and knowledge that will equip you to perform your role at a licensed venue. Through your RSA course you will learn how to act lawfully and professionally in an environment where alcohol is sold or served.

You will learn how to assist customers to drink within a reasonable limit—when to “refuse service”, how to identify customers who’ve drunk past their limit and the penalties associated with irresponsible service of alcohol. You’ll learn what a standard drink is and what that little line you sometimes see on glasses in licensed venues is there for (hint – it’s not what you think!).

Now you might be worried that you’ll have to give up your entire day to a face to face course to complete your RSA course; however, online RSA courses are a great option if you’re looking for a course you can complete in your own time and at your own pace!


Do I actually need an RSA?

If you’re working in a licensed venue or anywhere that retails alcohol, you’ll need an RSA. It’s required by law and you need it from day one to be able to complete your duties – or you and your boss could be hit with a pretty hefty fine (that’s not a very good first day!).

As I mentioned, it will also provide you with a number of important skills which will help you to perform your role at a licensed venue. You’re also going to need an RSA if you work as any of the following

  • Food and beverage attendant,
  • Retail liquor sales person,
  • Winery, brewery and distillery cellar door staff,
  • Supplier sales representative,
  • Security staff who monitors behaviour,
  • Venue licensee.


So Where Do I Get an RSA?

There are a number of places that provide responsible service of alcohol (RSA) training, both in-person and online – so you don’t need to worry about sacrificing your whole day to some boring in-person course! This way you can choose at what pace you learn and at what time.


How Do I tell Who’s a Good Online RSA Provider?

There are a lot of providers available to you who you can complete your RSA online training with. When you’re looking at who’s best for you, you really need to assess how you’re going to use your certification.

It’s important to look at what states and territories the course provider is recognised in. For example, you could be in Queensland and do a course and then realise that, although the course is accepted in the Northern Territory, the course isn’t recognised in Queensland, which means you’ve just wasted your time and money!

Of course, if you’re moving to the Northern Territory and not planning to move for a while, then that course may be the perfect one for you. It’s really just a matter of thinking about how you’re going to use your RSA training and what will work for you.


I’ve Completed My Course – Now What?

Once you have completed your RSA online training and received your statement of attainment you’ve achieved the minimum training requirements – just check your specific state/territories additional training requiremnts – if they have any! You’re gained the skills and knowledge to begin selling and serving alcohol in licensed venues so you can get that job now!

Will an RSG make me more employable?

Are you looking for a job in hospitality, and wondering if an RSG is the right training for you? If so, then you’re in the right place! Read on and discover all you need to know about the Responsible Service of Gambling unit – what is it, why you need it & when you should get it. Let’s jump into it!


What is an RSG?

An RSG – also known as the “Provide Responsible Gambling Services” course or “SITHGAM001” is a required certification employees must possess to be able to carry out gaming duties in a licensed venue in Queensland, Western Australia & the Northern Territory. It provides you with the knowledge and skills to be able to responsibly and legally carry out your duties in a licensed venue.

The RSG training, as well as being a legal requirement, will also provide information and assistance to ensure that you can fulfil your duties to the best of your ability. Basically, it means that you can uphold responsible gambling procedures.


Why do you need an RSG?

Organisations that offer gaming services to patrons have the potential to make a significant amount of money at the expense of individuals, and it is for this reason – among many others- that there is mandatory training required for everyone who facilitates the act of gambling in a licensed venue. This training will provide you with the knowledge to recognise when another person is showing signs of problem gambling and what to do to help them.

It might sound boring,  but it is important that you understand the legal aspects of gambling. It will teach you the confidentiality and privacy requirements of gambling and help you to provide appropriate assistance to customers. It will also help you in any gambling related incident or situation because the course provide informations on available support services to those at-risk or currently engaging in problem gambling.


Who needs an RSG?

It is important to do your own research about whether you need an RSG. Not all states and territories require an RSG certification to work in the industry. Some people who need RSGs could include:

  • Food & bar attendant,
  • Gaming/Tab attendant
  • Duty Manager
  • Venue Manager
  • Gaming Room Supervisor


When do you need an RSG?

In some states and territories, you have up to three months from commencing employment at a venue that serves gaming to complete your RSG training. However, most venues won’t hire staff without the certification—some won’t even interview you without an RSG, so it’s in your best interests to complete your training as soon as you can.


Do you need an RSA as well?

While you aren’t legally required to hold both, it can be a good idea to complete both RSG and RSA training, as it allows you to offer your employer flexibility in your ability to work across different areas. It’s also important to note that liquor and gaming are usually served side by side and so to be able to perform the duties of your job fully, you may be required to serve alcohol anyway.

Really, it’s a matter of looking at the job that you will be doing and assessing what duties will be required in this position, and how employable you want to seem to potential employers.

A Responsible Service of Alcohol certification is only necessary if you’re going to be serving alcohol. For example, somebody who works at a newsagent may not be required to hold an RSA, but somebody who works at an RSL in the gaming lounge would be required to hold an RSA as well as an RSG.


Where do you get an RSG?

You can actually complete online RSG training—so you don’t need to worry about a boring all day lesson where you don’t learn anything. You can complete course materials at your own pace and at a time that suits you.


Will an RSG be expensive?

An RSG certification really shouldn’t be too expensive. For instance, you can get an RSG for only $21. If you’re hoping to get your RSG and RSA together, many online training portals will offer bundles where you can complete the training at a reasonable price as well.


So you’ve completed the course, now what?

Hooray! You’re now qualified to provide responsible gambling services to customers in a licensed venue! You’re also free to put on your resume that you’ve completed your RSG—watch the interviews come rolling in

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.

5 Tips To Survive The Corporate Christmas Party

For some, the corporate Christmas party is a jovial opportunity to see work colleagues in a social setting. For others, it’s painful to partake in, like an annual aneurysm of awkward that’s simply unavoidable.

Whether your attendance is in excitement or apathy, the corporate Christmas party is a calendar necessity and your appearance is expected.

We’ve complied a survival guide to get you through the fears, follies and festivities of the corporate Christmas celebration.

1) Be Merry… In Moderation

It’s Christmas time, the spirt of the season is upon us! This party is an excuse to eat, drink and be merry! But even with the allure of endless (free) alcohol, it’s not a great idea to get so inaptly inebriated that you’re left not knowing if you’re celebrating the arrival of the jolly Saint Nick or the amazing Easter bunny.

A wise person once said, the best Christmas party is one you will remember! We recommend pacing your drinks and matching them with mouthfuls of food.

2) Beware the Buzz Kill

Christmas parties are a rare opportunity to learn a lot about your colleagues and get to know their alternative interests and activities. We’re not all corporate cardboard cutouts! Open your mouth, spit out some words and allow the flow of communication to create connections. Spill the beans about all the interesting things you do when you’re not crunching numbers or crafting copy. Save the work woes until Monday and avoid anti-social office chatting.

3) Dress to Impress

Smart casual is out and expressive is in for the festive season. Be yourself and be complimenting, let your sentiment and style shine! Dress for the occasion and be as commending and accepting with attire as you are with the open bar. You don’t work for the fashion police, so be complimenting not critical of your colleagues clothing choices.

4) Keep it Classy

Workplace romances are always a possibility, no matter where you work,  but the corporate Christmas party is not the place to express your inner … interests.

The best Christmas present you can give your boss is an incident free evening, so keep it classy and keep it all inside the attire! If this blossoming workplace romance is meant to be, it can wait for the weekend.

5) Stress Less and Enjoy Yourself

You’ve worked hard all year and so has everyone else in the office. Have fun and enjoy the ridiculous on offer! Relish in the reward because you’ve earned it. No one likes a Christmas Grinch, so pull your head out of your… pockets, cheer up and embrace the Christmas spirit.

On behalf of the entire team at etrainu, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe silly season.

How etrainu Embrace the User Experience

As we have discussed in our previous blogs, 3 Reasons eLearning & Alternative Technology is Shaping the Future of Education and Breaking Down the Barriers of eLearning, online training and the way in which we access and engage with information online has dramatically transformed, allowing for unlimited possibilities for us all to learn and grow.

But despite this enormous change in the online learning environment, we cannot ignore the fundamental needs that many people desire in their learning experiences. These are human interaction and connectedness. etrainu understands the perfect learning experience is a combination of being able to engage with content, whilst also feeling supported through the experience.

Our team of experienced developers, designers, writers and support staff embrace the user experience in the following ways:

1) By Understanding That We’re Dealing With Real People

Not only do our helpdesk team step into the shoes of learners, so do the development team who design, write and create the eLearning experience. We understand that we’re not dealing with robots but real living, breathing people who have wants and needs of their own.

Being able to empathise with learners by using techniques and interactive learning activities to keep them engaged and in control is the key to effective learning. It is equally as important to treat our participants, clients and individual learners like real people understanding okay to make mistakes and that help is available for anyone who needs support throughout the eLearning experience.

2) By Being Available Around the Clock

At etrainu, we endeavour to keep our learners connected through a variety of channels including online chat, email and telephone assistance from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Whilst telephone and online chat is obviously instantaneous, our helpdesk team strive to respond our emails as quickly as possible and are the first thing checked when doors open and the last thing checked before doors close.

When learners feel they’re being appreciated, listened to and that their emotional needs are meet, they feel happier. Feelings of positivity and a pleasant experience help with memory retention and eliminate learning blockers such as stress and frustration.

3) By Taking Your Feedback Seriously

We really love hearing from you, whether it being positive or negative, because it presents an opportunity to see what is working and what is not. All the feedback we receive is well documented and presented to the development team so our eLearning courses can be more effective and connect with our audiences better. We’re always looking for ways to improve!

Gathering feedback from our learners is essential to our longevity (We also really love when people leave us a nice review on our Facebook page).

Even since its inception, etrainu have stood out above its competitors by really understanding learner’s wants and needs, not only considering them but also listening and adapting to feedback to create the best possible eLearning user experience.


22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation

We’ve complied a list of the wisest words about eLearning to inspire, motivate and promote the significance of online education and advancing opportunities.

For the creative thinkers and long term learners, we hope these quotes spur inspiration and enthusiasm, and remind you of the amazing, innovative possibilities of continuous learning and education.


1. “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

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2. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

3. “The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks.” – John Rooney

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4. “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

5. “Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity. These in turn rely on the education of our people.” – Julia Gillard

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6. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

7. “In order to create an engaging learning experience, the role of instructor is optional, but the role of learner is essential.” – Bernard Bull

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

8. “One of the most important areas we can develop as professionals is competence in accessing and sharing knowledge.”- Connie Malamed

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

9. “To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure.” – C. JoyBell C.

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

10. “Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” – Jeffrey Zeldman

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

11. “The greatest enemy of learning is knowing.” – John Maxwell

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

12. “You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.”- Seymour Papert

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

13. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

14. “The more that you read, the more thing you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

15. “Man’s Mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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16.  “Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.”- Donna J. Abernathy

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

17. Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

18. “Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”  – Tony Schwartz

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19. “Learning experiences are like journeys. The journey starts where the learning is now, and ends when the learner is successful. The end of the journey isn’t knowing more, it’s doing more.” – Julie Dirksen

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

20. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

21. “Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision-making, it is a burden, not a benefit.” – William Pollard

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

22. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs



etrainu Expert Advice – The Effectiveness of eLearning

 For five years, etrainu has worked with Nerang RSL & Memorial Club in providing online courses for new and existing staff in Responsible Service of Alcohol, Responsible Service of Gambling and Food Safety, in addition to a customised Compliance training induction and a Sales and Customer service eLearning course that features imagery of the club and a personalised introductory video with the club’s President.

The Human Resources Manager of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, Georgina Seddon, spoke to etrainu about her experience in using eLearning to train staff and its effectiveness as a training tool.

 What made Nerang RSL & Memorial Club change to eLearning as a way of educating and inducting its employees

In the period just before we employed services of etrainu, Nerang RSL & Memorial Club was experiencing a high turnover rate and needed a solution. Using eLearning courses was the answer, as it was more effective, saved time and was a more affordable option for the club.

What aspects of eLearning do you believe are effective?

I personally think what makes eLearning effective is how it caters towards different learning styles. I’ve observed that some of our staff like to read and while others prefer to listen. It’s effective because it covers the learning styles of all individuals.

 How have the employees of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club responded to online training to date?

They’ve actually really enjoyed it and responded well. It’s actually a really useful tool for me too as I can monitor how engaged our staff are with their learning. For example, if they are distracted by their phones while completing an eLearning course, they’re not committed to the club or the position.

Do you think it’s important to have a variety of methods when it comes to teaching content? If so, does eLearning and online training help to achieve this?

Yes, I strongly believe it’s important and that eLearning addresses this.

 Would you recommend other businesses or organisations use online training as a way of educating employees and club members? Why/why not?

We certainly would! At Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, we’ve found etrainu’s courses are not only great as starter courses, they’re also great refreshers. Even though etrainu’s nationally accredited courses issue a Statement of Attainment upon completion, which keeps the certificates valid, we like our staff to redo the courses every 3 years to keep their knowledge sharp and up to date. For our non-accredited courses, such as Sales and Customer, participants are issued certificate which features Nerang RSL & Memorial Club’s very own logo.

We’ve also found online learning to be an effective discipline tool. Recently, we had in instance where one of the staff was acting in a way that was not in line with the culture and values of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club. This staff member was instructed to complete the Compliance training course and only after completing it was this member able to see the error of his ways and continue working as a valued member of the Nerang RSL & Memorial Club team.

 In your opinion, is there still a place for traditional teaching/text book education or is it a thing of the past because of eLearning?

In some ways, traditional text book learning is a thing of the past, especially for the younger generation but there will always be a place for face-to-face learning.

What do you think is biggest benefit from eLearning and using it to train staffing teams?

Compliance, it’s a necessity and brings everyone up to date.


Interested in a customised and cost-effective online training course for your business?

Contact Nathan on 07 3114 2958 or via email at [email protected].

Be sure to visit our website for more information and to view our online slider of previous client work and testimonials.

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.

Breaking Down The Barriers of eLearning

Although eLearning is increasingly becoming the education/training option of choice, there are still a number of preconceived barriers that people associate with online learning.

Problems such as age, literacy ability, availability and finances are barriers that can prevent certain groups of people from undertaking eLearning, but there is simply NO reason for ANYONE to not engage in eLearning courses.

This blog will debunk the major myths and barriers of eLearning to remove any doubt you might have about enrolling in an online course.

1. It’s not that scary

Take the plunge! While eLearning employs different techniques to traditional classroom learning, it’s not any less effective. In fact, in many cases it’s actually proved to be much more effective! 
Just because eLearning is a new, innovative and advanced, does not mean it’s difficult or challenging. The interactive learning techniques are not something to be feared, but embraced! Once you complete your first online course, we guarantee you’ll never go back to traditional textbook teaching.

2. Age is not an issue

Whatever your age is, don’t let it be a barrier to stop you learning! However young or old you are, eLearning is equipped with methods of teaching that are specifically targeted to you!
One of the most common misconceptions about eLearning is that it caters to those who frequently use computers and smart phone technology, ruling out many more mature members of society, but again, that’s simply just not the case.
eLearning is EASIER and more effective that many examples of traditional teaching and can help users of all ages not only learn and understand the content, but also enjoy it.

3. Not being great with computers is not a great concern

People with limited or poor computer skills can find the thought of online learning very daunting. Surprisingly, eLearning is specifically tailored to be simple, easy catering particularly for those who have difficulty using computers and the Internet.

Studies have shown that those who complete online courses with little or no previous computer experience leave with the extra benefit of feeling more confident using technology and motivated to pursue lifelong learning.

4. It’s not as expensive as you might think

You’ll be happy to know online courses provide high-level training at a fraction of the cost of class attendance learning. There’s no tuition, no driving, no course textbooks, it’s just a once off free that cover all your course requirements.

Courses with etrainu start from as little as $35! Courses are developed by designer and completed by experts in the field so you know you’re getting the best knowledge possible.

eLearning does not skip out on the expertise, it’s just easier on your pocket because it’s in your own time, on our own computer.

With eLearning you can increase your knowledge, experience and training without emptying your pockets.

5. You’re not too illiterate, eLearning is for everyone across all levels of intellect

Whether you have the IQ of Einstein or Bart Simpson, there is no limit to your capabilities with eLearning.

Fortunately, eLearning can overcome language barriers by teaching content using a variety of techniques and activities, such as scenarios, movies and animations, images and interactive activities! It’s actually easier for people to learn than traditional methods of teaching.
There is absolutely nothing stopping you from gaining the knowledge and skills you want through eLearning!

No matter how old what you are or what your educational background is, eLearning can accommodate everyone.

Hazards and Risks – White Card Online

When working on a construction site, both employers and workers need to be aware of anything that may cause injury or illness to a person or that may cause harm to equipment or the environment.

Being able to identify a workplace ‘hazard’ and the ‘risk’ of each hazard is a requirement of everyone working in the construction industry and is crucial to maintaining a safe working environment.

Below we’ve outlined the process of identifying the hazards and risks and how to respond to them adequately, which is thoroughly covered in our White Card online training course.

 Hazard vs. Risks

What exactly is the difference between a risk and a hazard?

A ‘hazard’ is anything that is a source of ‘danger’ whereas a ‘risk’ is the chance of that hazard causing an injury. Knowing the likelihood and consequences of potential risks is the key to reducing incidents on site.

  Identifying Hazards

In order to eliminate or decrease the risk of an injury, illness or death, you need to put in place a Risk Management Process.

This process involves:

  • Identifying the Hazard
  • Assessing the Risk
  • Controlling the Risk
  • Reviewing Control Measures

Identifying hazards involves locating potential hazards around the construction worksite and then transferring it to Risk Assessment Record Sheet provided by your organisation.

 Assessing the Risk

If there is no Regulation, Code of Practice or guide for the hazard you identified on the construction site, you are required to assess the risk, considering factors such as:

  • Likelihood that the hazard will occur
  • The severity of the harm (consequences).

 Once these factors have been determined, you are then required to match them against the Risk Assessment Matrix and record the results on the Risk Assessment Record Sheet.

 Controlling the Situation

After determining the severity and likelihood of a risk, the next step is to put into place a Control Measure to control, reduce or eliminate the hazard. The Control Measure has five levels of the Hierarchy used to determine the best possible solution to the risk, with elimination being the most effective.

  • Eliminate: remove the hazard completely
  • Substitute: If elimination is not an option, can the work activity or product be substituted with something else?
  • Isolate: If substitution is not an option, can the risk be isolated?
  • Administrate: If isolation is not an option, can a system be put in place to eliminate or reduce the risk over time?
  • Protect: If administrating is not an option, can protective equipment or practices be used?

Hazard and risk identification and the process in assessing and controlling the risk involved is just one of the topics thoroughly covered in our White Card online training course. Upon completion of your White Card course, you will be familiar with the rules and regulations of the construction industry, know how to respond to hazards and be informed of your responsibilities as a construction worker.

Anyone wanting to work in the construction industry is legally required to have completed White Card online training and be able to show their White Card when requested.

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, WA, VIC, NT, SA.