The Blue Card has now been replaced by the White Card, but persons holding the Blue Card will not need to replace it and will still be able to work in the building trade across Australia. Once the course has been successfully completed an individual will receive the Workplace Health and Safety induction card. This enables the employee to check that the construction worker knows how to carry work out to a safe and efficient standard.
To ensure workers are working safely in the construction industry the White Card was brought out as a mandatory requirement by law for all individuals wanting to work in the construction industry. It permits individuals to do the course to gain basic skills and knowledge ensuring that they are safe from any dangers on the construction site. The course makes sure that risk management is a priority and that relevant workplace health and safety obligations and requirements are being followed. Individuals who have completed the White Card course in Queensland can work in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and NSW.
Construction types of work involves erecting, building, extending, altering structurally, converting, fitting out, renovating, repairing, refurbishing, commissioning, disassembling or decommissioning a building or part of a building. Any kind of work in connection to site preparation. Any landscaping work carried out connected with building work, taking apart a structure or part of a structure.
The White Card permits individuals to carry out building work as well as to enter building sites. The worker will be able to identify OHS legislative requirements, identify building dangers and exercise control measures, identify OHS communication and reporting procedures and identify OHS incident response procedures. The course covers many learning areas and once an individual has completed the course they should have a good knowledge and understanding of following safe working standards.
Once work has completed on the building site the worker will know how to follow statutory and common law practices. They should also keep up to date with all legal requirements in the building profession. They will have a duty of care to themselves and also other workers on the construction site. They will be aware of all safe working procedures and know how to work safely.
The employee will be able to control hazards and risks therefore promoting a safe working environment. They will be aware of common construction dangers and how to control risks. Other areas they will be skilled in include induction, reporting accidents and roles and obligations of specific personnel. The worker will be able to cope with emergencies and evacuation procedures should they occur.
There is a lot of other areas of learning that the course focuses on and a lot of the course requires common sense. There are many courses available on the internet to do from the comfort of your own home. Firstly you will need to answer a short answer test and send identification to be assessed. There are even same day tests that can be sent back the same working day. Each course will require an identification check which costs a small amount of money.
It typically takes three to six hours to complete the course, but if you need then you can take longer. It is always worth studying basic skills first. Reading about recent legislation within the building trade will all help.