ACT White Card Online Training Course – Learn to Work Safely in the Construction Industry

An important issue for the construction sector in The ACT is construction safety and the related issue of safety training. This is because the ACT has been identified as having the highest serious injury rate in Oz.

Some of the most important issues that need to be addressed if safety on The ACT’s worksites are to be improved include work from heights, signage, fencing, amenities, housekeeping, scaffolding, electrical test and tagging, personal protective equipment (PPE) and most importantly ensuring that all workers are in possession of their white card.

Whether you are an experienced worker who managed to work under the radar for years without the necessary qualifications or a new or apprentice worker considering starting out in the industry, it is vital to complete the White Card course. Temporary workers, full time employees, contractors, supervisors, project managers even vehicle operators on site as well as all trades people need to first obtain their White Card before beginning work on a building site.

During the course learners will become accustomed with the basic principles of health and safety in the construction industry, with the course covering

  • An explanation of OHS legislative requirements;
  • The identification of construction hazards
  • Identifying control measures to deal with hazards;
  • OHS communication and reporting processes and
  • OHS incident response procedures

The course goes further into each of these the topics above to teach workers how to stay safe and avoid endangering the lives of others in the completion of construction tasks.

The good news about the White Card course is that it is now nationally recognised, which allows workers that complete it to seek employment anywhere in Oz. It is also completed online which means that workers save time and money as compared to traditional face-to-face training.


White Card Update: Work Safely on Contaminated Sites

The most common contaminants found on construction sites that could be harmful to workers are  metals (like lead),  inorganic compounds (like cyanide compounds), oils and tars, pesticides, toxins, explosive or asphyxiant gases (like methane), combustible substances (like petrol), fibres (like asbestos, synthetic mineral fibres), infectious materials (like medical wastes) or radioactive waste.

The health effects of contaminated sites cannot be denied especially associated with long term exposure. The health effects of exposure to these hazards include headaches, nausea, skin rashes, breathing problems, organ failure and long term effects such as cancer.

The following steps should be followed to minimise risk of adverse health effects due to hazard exposure:

  1. Conduct a Site Assessment. Contaminants may be introduced to soil by industrial processes which in small amounts may be dangerous but in larger quantities may prove fatal.
  2. Conduct an Environmental Audit. Local councils usually require an audit on potentially contaminated sites which will include an assessment of the soil and health risks, advice on remediation of identified problem areas and information about the health and safety of workers on site.
  3. Develop a health and safety plan once contamination has been identified and assessed. Plans should include information from assessments and cover all relevant steps and processes, such as training, work variation, health monitoring etc.

Occasionally contamination is only discovered after work on the site has already started as the construction processes uncover contaminants. Even after a site has been tested contamination may be discovered if previous inspections miss contaminated spots on site and once discovered the situation needs to be dealt with as above before work on site can continue.