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Date PostedOctober 6, 2013

Promoting OH&S through Training

The best way to familiarise workers with occupational health and safety measures is through training, which is why training is arguably the most important part of the workplace health and safety process.

The value of training is undeniable, because common sense dictates that if a worker is not aware of something, they will not be able to overcome it, similarly if workers aren’t aware of the hazards and the control measures implemented to overcome them, they will be vulnerable to the risk of sustaining serious injuries due to these hazards, some which may be debilitating or fatal.

It is for this reason that the federal government have implemented mandatory safety training for all workers in the construction sector.  General Construction Induction Training is a nationally accredited competency unit known as “Work safely in the construction industry”.   The general construction induction training also known as the White Card is nationally recognised and allows for uniformity within the construction industry across Oz. So once a worker has obtained their White Card, they are free to seek employment anywhere in Oz because the training is valid across all states and territories.

Topics covered by the White Card Course include:

  • The importance of good housekeeping
  • Information about Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Advice on bullying and harassment
  • Requirements for facilities and amenities such as toilets, water etc.
  • Advice about smoking policies
  • Need for Personal protective equipment
  • Need to follow all warning signs and adhere to tags.
  • Safe manual handling and its importance
  • Importance of providing workers with practical training on dangerous equipment and tools
  • Basic Principles of Risk Management including the need for a safe working environment, how to identify hazards and eliminate or minimise them and the injuries that can result from these hazards.
  • How to identify OHS communication and reporting processes. This section includes information on communication lines, reporting procedures and documents, accident reporting etc.
  • Safety signs and symbols are another important aspect of construction work and the White Card Course covers this in length.

Both site specific and general construction induction training is required for every construction worker in Australia but fortunately the good news is that workers can now obtain their general construction site training (White Card) online, which makes it both easy and convenient.

The White Card Course can now be done from the privacy of your home or office and is valid nationally. This is a pre requisite to entrance as a worker on any construction site in Oz and once obtained your White Card is valid nationally, on any site throughout Oz.

Every worker should complete the online White Card Training Course to certify that they are qualified to work on a site and to ensure that they do not jeopardise their own health and safety as well as the safety of everyone else on site.

Visit our homepage today for more information on The National White Card Course or to register online now.


Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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