We’ve just entered the second month of the new year and there have already been 5 workplace fatalities in Australia, 2 of which were from the construction industry, according to figures from Safe Work Australia. These tragic incidents highlight an important issue for the construction industry, the need to not only keep productivity high but protect our most valuable resource, our workers.
The good news is that it’s never too late to start putting safety first. Safe Work Australia revealed that there was a slight improvement in workplace health and safety in 2018, compared to 2017, so progress is being made, however we still have far to go before every worker returns home safely at the end of the day.
In the construction industry safety begins with ensuring everyone on site is qualified to be there. Wherever you live and work in Australia, you must complete induction training before you can work in construction, so that you are aware of the hazards and risks, and know how to work in a way that does not present a risk to you or others. The White Card course is the mandatory construction induction course in Australia, but employers also need to ensure workers receive the relevant site specific training and task specific training. Also those involved in high risk activities must be certified to do so.
Construction Induction Training in A Nutshell
Whether you’re new to the construction industry this year or just need to brush up on your basic safety knowledge, the White Card course is for you.
For those entering the construction industry for the first time, you will need to complete the course (CPCCWHS1001 – Work Safely in the Construction Industry). Once you have completed the course, you will receive a little white card which is your proof of accreditation and allows you to work in the construction industry anywhere in Australia.
For those who want to re-enter the construction industry after some time or perhaps want to brush up on their knowledge, or are entering Australia and plan to work on an Australian construction site for the first time, the White Card will teach you all the basics of site safety.
Some of the topics you’ll cover in your course include,
- how to identify WH&S requirements;
- how to identify construction hazards and the necessary control measures;
- how to identify WH&S communications and reporting processes;
- how to respond to an incident.
The mandatory course is a federal workplace health and safety requirement for anyone working in construction or on a construction site.
To learn more about the course or to start today visit www.whitecardonlineexpress.com.au
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