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Date PostedMay 19, 2015

Why Plumbers Need A White Card

So according to Professor Paul Dolan plumbers are the third happiest workers in the world – he documents the “happiest” workers in a new book.

While plumbers may be the among the happiest people, there are still risks involved with any type of construction work which is why in Australia, plumbers (and anyone else involved in construction work) must undergo general construction safety training. This training takes the form of the White Card course.

Most people are now choosing to complete the White Card course online, because it is more affordable and convenient.

But you may be asking yourself, why do plumbers need to complete the training when they aren’t exposed to the hazards that some other tradies are. For example electricians are exposed to high voltage and actually die from an electric shock, but why must plumbers undergo safety training?

To answer this question we need to look into a few of the risks associated with being a plumber.

1. Plumbers work with heavy and dangerous objects such as pipes. 

Heavy pipes and tools are needed for plumbing and these can pose a number of safety risks. Many involved in plumbing have suffered broken bones or musculo-skeletal disorders.

Also a plumber is expected to cut and bend very large and strong pieces of pipe, this process can be hazardous if the proper controls aren’t in place.

2. Plumbers Use Power Tools

Power tools are invaluable to plumbers and all tradies but they can present a significant risk. Accidents happen all the time, some are serious and some less serious but safety training is needed to ensure that plumbers know the basics of power tool safety.


3. Working at Great Heights and In Confined Spaces

A plumber may also be expected to work at varying heights and on scaffolding. As we know work from heights is the number one cause of injury among workers.


Plumbers will also be asked to work in confined spaces and possibly among chemical and noxious fumes which can accumulate in a confined space – they need to know what to do in these situations.

4. Work on Construction Sites

Ultimately anyone who enters a construction site on a regular basis needs to receive general construction safety training known as The White Card in order to fulfill a federal mandate.  However because construction is one of the most high risk industries, the knowledge passed along through White Card training is important in laying a good foundation of safety skills needed to operate safely on a construction site.

The hazards on a construction site abound, no matter the trade, but the White Card course covers the most common of these hazard in general.


Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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