Workers and employers in the construction industry in both NSW and Victoria are ecstatic about a new program designed to rid them of any issues with red tape that exists for those that operate across borders and into various states. Now the same construction induction cards are accepted in both states and workers don’t have to worry about re-doing the course if they are forced to transfer to a site in a different state.
This post from SafetyCulture.com.au explains:
WorkCover NSW and WorkSafe Victoria are collaborating to rollout the program starting this month.
Inspectors from both organisations will describe the similarities between the NSW and Victorian work health and safety regulations, talk about the perceived barriers to operating across the state borders and make sure that people understand how to be compliant.
One of the most common issues has been that WorkCover NSW did not accept the competency certificate for training that was completed in Victoria howver this has been remedied and the same induction cards are accepted in NSW and Victoria.
John Watson, the NSW WorkCover health and safety division general manager, said that it was common for building companies to work across borders which has led to the confusion regarding the difference in the state laws.
Do you live in Victoria and wish to obtain your Construction Induction “Red Card”? Well the good news is that the “White Card” has replaced the “Red Card” as the mandatory induction card for work on a construction site, so workers in the construction industry can obtain a national white card rather than having to complete a separate induction course for each state – you can work in any state as long as you have the White Card.
Further good news comes from the fact that the White Card online is so simple and convenient to obtain, no wasting time and money in boring classrooms – the online white card course allows you to complete it at a time and place comfortable for you, at a fraction of the cost of traditional face-to-face training.
Any person who enters a construction site must have adequate training to prove that he is able to identify and avoid hazards that could cause death or injury due to the dangers that a building site poses. That is why every worker must be in possession of the White Card, to confirm that they are qualified to work on a site.
The national White Card replaces the Red Card in Victoria and now workers can complete the white card course online whenever it suits them, allowing them access onto a construction site anywhere in Australia, not just in Victoria.
By unifying the process of construction safety training the government has streamlined safety in Oz, making it more convenient for workers to obtain work anywhere in the country. If you wish to register or gain more information visit our homepage today!