General Safety Tips for Equipment

Even when not working on a construction site, it is important to remember your safety. So here are some tips for using equipment when not on a site.

When using heavy equipment at home, make sure that nobody is around you, at a construction site this may be easier as people can know when to avoid you, but at home children and partners wont have any idea.

You should also always wear protective gear and tie your hair back if you have long hair (general safety)

Remember to never leave equipment on or running, people who are outside a site and do NOT have a white card may not realize the danger of equipment and injure themselves using it when they are not supposed to.

Another common mistake is leaving a gas powered machine on in a closed in area, so avoid that.

These are, however, only some of the things you should remember; for a full list, head here.

But otherwise, when working ON the site the construction induction card (white card) will give you all the safety reminders you will need.

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Supervising your team

White Card online trains you to not only be a safe, independent, worker. It also teaches you how to effectively manage a team. Because employees can easily forget their responsibility when it comes to safety and it is your job as a supervisor to make sure that the site is as safe as possible.

This  video demonstrates the lighter side of construction misfortune, but always remember that taking safety seriously is paramount to avoiding injury!

 

Duty of Care – White Card Online teaches you YOUR duty

White Card online provides you with the necessary knowledge to work safely in your construction site. Your safety in construction includes a duty of care that you should follow to avoid liability and to look out for your co-workers.

Who shares the duty of care – White Card training

This duty of care legally falls upon both the employer AND the employee, as white card teaches, so your boss will not be the only one taking heat for decisions made on the work site. But you might be wondering why you both have a duty of care? Well, you probably already know the answer but your duty of care is so routine that you might have forgotten what it is. The employee carries the duty to essentially ‘look out for his mate.’ Now this can be done several ways and is not always direct; it could mean just checking a machine is in fully working order before using it, or it could mean warning a co-worker about dangers he may be falling victim to. But see what i mean? These are things that you would probably do without having to be asked so you forget that it’s a duty of care yo9u are completing. But so that you and your employer know what duties to look out for and why, lets explore both roles and their duties as shown by the white card course.

White Card teaches: The Employer

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The employer could be said to share the highest duty of care as it is his responsibility to ensure that his work site is compliant with all laws and regulations – making it a safe place to work overall. The role of the employer means that they should:

– Provide a workplace that is safe and not a risk to anyone’s health.

– Instruct train and supervise employees enforcing safe work.

– Make the aforementioned training as simple and clear as possible.

It is the duty of the employer to ensure that their work site adheres to the following codes of practice

– OHS standards and guidelines

– National code of practice/compliance codes

– OHS and welfare acts and regulations

– Safety codes of practice

For more information on the codes of practice to follow you can visit Safe Work Australia’s website.

White Card teaches: The Employee

The employee’s safety and safety of his/her co-workers is essential to a functioning work site and is something that White Card traines you in. As such employees need to adhere to several obligations that fall upon their head when working with machinery and mates.

– Taking care of their health and safety in the workplace

– Not putting the health and safety of others at risk when working

– Complying with safe work practices

– Cooperating with employers(yes, you have to do it!)

– Obeying occupational health and safety (OHS) laws

 

So now that you know where the duty of care falls (thanks to your construction induction card), check out this video to see the importance of safety on a work site, along with other important aspects of a building site as discussed by and American worker (Bruce Stephan). The concepts, though, still apply to Australia.

Get your White Card Online for your personal safety and wellbeing

The white card is not just a card that lets your employers know that you are qualified to work on their site, all around Australia; it’s a card that is useful to everyone – it means “you know how to keep yourself safe and healthy even under work site conditions and demand.” The most important thing for you to personally look out for is manual lifting, because if not looked out for properly, then you could end up seriously injuring your back, which will keep you from work and that means you will lose work potential. But as well as watching what you lift, make sure you identify all types of personal hazards seen in the table below.

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White Card Online teaches what to look out for and the risks of manual labour

The common methodology that floats around peoples mind when lifting, is that it “could never happen to me.” But the truth is far from this, and the more that you bend your back over when lifting,the more you put yourself at risk. But i know that you have all heard the spiel over lifting with your legs, but you should also be aware of other factors when lifting. These include:

Fatigue

Muscle pain

Backache/injuries

Soft-tissue injuries

Abdominal hernias

Chronic pain

So this list is important to know and watch out for, but the main problem that arises within work places is that in the long term. An estimated 50-70% of Americans suffer back pain (a number which might loosely translate to Australia, however better we may be at construction, ‘no bias’). The white card online course will teach you the appropriate method of lifting heavy loads, so be sure to note the method when completing the course. Make sure you learn the correct method, because the injury is more common than you may realise, and more severe, as seen here.

White Card Online teaches you how to prevent injury

Before you start lifting, check if a mate can help you – a helping hand should never be turned down. Also make sure you limit the task you undertake to your ability – everyone likes to think they are 10ft tall and invincible but the truth may be far from it.

Always ensure that you wear appropriate clothing for the task (including a back brace), push rather than pull, and pull with your body weight.

Handling heavy loads (White Card Online teaches)

Stairs can be difficult to tackle when carrying load, and if there is a lack of a lift or lifting equipment then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. The first is that when you are carrying a load, try and use one hand so that the other can be used to hold the hand rail. Finally, make sure you prepare your work, so that you reduce the bending, twisting, and stretching you have to do.

Make sure you complete your construction induction course training online before stepping onto your work site – not only will it ensure that you avoid hurting yourself or causing long term injury, it will protect you from any fines or penalties that apply.

 

White Card (Construction Induction Card) – Risk Management

Risk management is possibly one of the most important parts of the construction induction card acquiring process. The White Card will ultimately make the workplace a safer place, as everyone knows how to properly manage themselves and their equipment – thus risks are at a minimum. So basically what I’m getting at, is that you don’t want to be responsible for ignoring a risk and injuring yourself or a colleague.

Step 1 – Construction Induction Card teaches how to identify hazards

The construction induction card training course begins with the first step – identifying hazards. Now as interesting as that sounds, it’s mainly to do with recording what persons will be undertaking work that involves higher risk. This can be done on a safe work method statement (looks like the thing below). This may mean that some people will have to undertake extra training, and as skilled as you might think you are with risky construction work, you can never train enough when it comes to safety.

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Obtain your construction induction card (white card) to learn step 2 – Assessing Risks

The construction induction card training will go on to teach you that it is important to note where harm can occur, the level of harm that can occur and the likelihood of that harm occurring. Make sure to evaluate – probability, consequence and frequency. When these are assessed you also need to see how serious the injuries could be, fatal or not, and everything in between.

Step 3 – Evaluating the risks and taking corrective action

The construction induction card training (white card training) teaches you the necessity to evaluate a situation under it’s current circumstances and then act appropriately. In this sense, there are basically six levels, ranging from just wearing protective gear to elimination and isolation of the problem.

Step 4 – Implement risk control measures

This step is simple, implement the strategy you have come up with to solve the safety issue. But then, this could mean issuing protective gear, or it could be as simple as containing a leak or mechanical issue. It’s not that hard to implement a solution to a risk, what is hard is to do, is cope with an injury that you may have ignored that harmed someone (even you). The construction induction card just makes sure that you know how to avoid all risks.

Step 5 – Review Risk Control

The last step is to simply look back, how good was your risk aversion? was it effective? You may be the Houdini of risk management, but regardless of how good you think you are, you should always make sure that the method you used was foolproof and risk proof, for the safety of others.

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So that’s it, remember these steps and make your site a risk free environment. But this is only a brief summary of risk management, when completing the training for the construction white card you will learn all the steps in greater detail.

Can I Do White Card Training Online?

Yes

You can do your White Card training online

From February 2019, training for a QLD white card must be undertaken face to face in Queensland, however, we do offer online training which will result in you being issued with a WA white card, which is also accepted in all states and territories.

The training takes about six hours online and you can stop and start the course whenever you want to.

Once you have completed the course you need to send in the paperwork required and then the card will be sent to you in the post. In many states and territories you can use the certificate immediately until you get your card. This certificate can be printed as soon as you complete the course.

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The White Card Course Online

For anyone working in the construction industry the white card course is vital to ensure you will be allowed access to a construction work site.

The white card has replaced the Blue card, Green Card and Red cards that were state based cards. In some cases these cards may still be valid so it is a good idea to check with the relevant authorities rules for the construction induction card. However some work places may only accept the white card. The white card is a national card that can be used in any state of Australia.