Did you know that work in the construction sector carries with it a number of hazards that workers are exposed to daily. Some hazards are more common than others such as trips, slips and falls, struck by moving vehicles and machinery and electrical hazards. These hazards claim a number of lives across Oz each year, which is why it is so important that workers are adequately trained to handle these and other hazards before beginning work in the construction sector.
Currently, according to SafeWork Australia’s Notifiable Fatalities report, the construction sector is the third worst in terms of number of fatalities with around 13 people dying as a result of construction accidents. Safety training in the construction industry is a necessary requirement, not only for the wellbeing of workers but also to bring down these high fatality rates as well as a high injury rate.
For this reason the federal government have unified work health and safety laws across Oz to allow for greater consistency and improved safety. Workers entering the construction industry can now complete one general safety training course, The White Card course and use it to work anywhere in Oz. The White Card is the national safety induction card for work in the construction industry.
Why is it necessary?
The importance of the commencement of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 which took effect on 1st January 2012 is that it ushers in a new age for workplace regulations across Australia. These new regulations include the requirement for general construction induction training for all workers in the construction industry, applying in all states and territories.
According to the revised Act, employers have a duty to provide workers with appropriate information, instruction, training or supervision to ensure that workers can carry out their work safely.
In addition to fulfilling a mandatory requirement, it teaches workers practical tips that they can apply to work on the site in order to avoid injury and avoid endangering their co-workers while performing their duties – this is also part of the legal responsibility.
What does it entail?
Our course can be completed online in one sitting or over a period of time that is suitable for you. All you need is a computer, internet connection and printer. Some of the topics covered by the White Card Course include:
- Workplace Safety Guidelines on issues such as personal protective equipment, bullying, housekeeping etc.
- The Basic Principles of Risk Management including elements of construction work such as need for a safe working environment, how to identify hazards and eliminate or minimise them and the injuries that can result from these hazards.
- The White Card also advises on Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).
- The course covers how to assess the risks and determine how people can be hurt. This involves assessing the risk associated with each hazard.
- How to identify risk control measures and how to implement these risk control measures.
- Common Construction Hazards, including biological, chemical, ergonomic and physical hazards as well as those hazards presented by the work design.
- Incident reporting and response procedures are another important section covered by the course and teaches workers how to respond to a situation.
Where can I sign up?
Our White Card course is valuable in assisting employees overcome construction hazards because it has been developed by industry experts, who have years of experience in the construction industry, if it worked for them, it will work for you too. Visit our homepage to register or get more information.