One of the most frequent questions we get about our Construction White Card, is "Is it valid in my State". The simple answer is "Yes". Due to legislative changes and new OHS harmonisation principles put in place in January 2012, the White Card must now be accepted in all States. Whilst local Worksafe and Workcover authorities have in some cases had their own views within their local jurisdictions, the new regime of legislation is quite clear. For a more detailed treatment of State compliance please visit Is The White Card Valid in My State?
Another question we get is "how soon can I go onto a construction site?". The process for receiving your Construction Induction Card is described in other sections of this website, but essentially entails you sending your completed documentation into us (either by scanning and emailing, faxing, or postage). Once this has been received and validated, we typically send out your White Card within 1 to 3 working days by normal mail. Of course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment certificate immediately you've passed your course online. However, we do not encourage our trainees to use this certificate to try and get access to a construction site. In some cases, you may be allowed access, but in many cases you won't and this approach is not without reasonable cause, as your ID and observer Statutory Declaration forms have not yet been validated by us as the RTO.
Another relevant question is "What are the responsibilities of different personnel on a construction site?"
Here is some useful provided by SafeWorkAustralia.gov.au on this question:
What are the responsibilities relating to OHS induction training?
The National Standard for Construction Work [NOHSC: 1016 (2005)] places responsibilities on various persons involved in construction work to manage safety on construction sites. Persons with control of a construction project or construction work, such as principal contractors or project managers, must ensure that everyone who works on the construction site has undertaken OHS induction training.
OHS induction training is only one element of managing safety on construction sites. While induction may help to reduce the likelihood of deaths and injuries resulting from a lack of awareness of typical construction hazards and risks, it is important to remember that it is an administrative control measure.
An effective safety management system relies on the following:
- Management commitment
- Identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risks, and
- Employee involvement.
Management commitment to health and safety means that safety should be the employer's or principal contractor's priority and appropriate resources should be allocated, including those required for induction training and risk management. A well-designed safety management system can improve productivity, reduce incident and injury rates and create cost savings in relation to workers' compensation.
The same document has this to say about "What Does the Law require?":
OHS legislation places a duty of care on all employers to take all reasonably practicable steps to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risk to health. This duty includes a specific obligation to provide employees with the necessary training, instruction, information and supervision to enable them to work safely.
How Long Does The Course Take?
This is another common question we get about the safety induction course we provide online. Legislation requires that the full content normally delivered in a six hour face to face course must be delivered. Our course covers ALL of this content, but due to the efficiencies of online learning, we find our trainees usually complete the course in anywhere for two to four hours. You will need to add to this the time it takes to get your paperwork signed off by a Justice of the Peace, or equivalent.
What are the Paperwork Requirements?
The requirements you have to complete once you've passed the course, are clearly set out on this page of our website.