WorkSafe Red Card, are they still valid?
According to WorkSafe the construction industry in Victoria is one of the largest, employing approximately 225,000 workers and growing. This is an industry that is expanding each year requiring new and inexperienced workers to undergo general construction site safety training in order to gain access to work a construction site.
Due to the fact that this is a growing industry, wrought with high risk activities, construction safety training is crucial. Each week 50 workers are injured on building sites across the state, which is why the government has introduced the new, national white card to replace the previous Victorian Red Card which was mandatory for work on Victorian construction sites. The new requirement for work on any construction site in Australia is the completion of the white card course.
Many incidents occur because construction site safety is not sufficient and workers are not suitably trained. In order to avoid incidents like head trauma, broken appendages, back injury etc. workers must undergo construction site induction training in the form of a white card.
Thankfully the white card is available online. So all that is needed to complete the course is a computer and an internet connection. It is presented in the form of an easy to understand, interactive assessment that enables workers to complete the training at their convenience.
In addition to the general construction induction training, employers must also ensure that workers undergo site specific induction. By conducting an assessment of the site and the possible hazards, employers should work together with employees to develop safety procedures for the site. Site specific training will entail training workers on these procedures.
All workers performing construction work require proof that they have completed a general construction induction course for the industry in the form of a White Card which replaced the original Red Card. The course can be completed through a registered training organisation. Only once the course has been completed and the white card issued can the worker be allowed entry onto a construction site to work.
How do I get it?
It is simple to complete your White Card course because it can be conducted online, when and where it is convenient for you. What’s more is that our white card is accepted in all states, so you are not restricted to work only in Victoria, if you move your white will be valid in any state. All that is needed is a computer and an internet connection in order to access the course material. An easy assessment is done online and once completed you are issued with a certificate of completion/statement of achievement which will enable you to receive the white card. All instructions are available online at www.whitecardonline.com.au
Although red cards issued previously will still be valid, workers who wish to obtain the construction site safety training now can do so through the online white card course. In order to obtain more information on the Red Card and new White Card, visit WorkSafe Victoria’s website: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/safety-and-prevention/your-industry/construction/how-to-comply/induction-training