Construction Safety: The White Card

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Course Code: CPCCOHS 1001 A

This course is for any workers who do construction including self-employed construction worker, laborers, tradespeople, apprentices and supervisors. Those who take the class learn basic principles about health and safety in the workplaces as well as how to avoid injuries and illness while on the job. It also covers workers compensation.

Here is an overview of what the course covers:

  • A detailed explanation of OHS legislative requirements;
  • Identifying construction hazards and implementing control measures;
  • OHS communications and reporting procedures; and
  • Procedures for preparing OHS incident reports.

What is the White Card?

Safe Work Australia declared a National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry. This declaration resulted in a standardised form of training given to all Australian workers. With a National Code of Practice in place it also ensures that all construction workers are recognised nationally for completing induction training classes.
The Code of Practice is further supported by a unit of competency within CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Integrated Services Training. Training is delivered by RTOs within the Vocational Education and Training programs offered.
As such the White Card Course came about to replace various state systems that utilised Blue, Red or Green cards. The full transition to the National White Card takes place in different states at different times.
The course is part of a unit of competency. It is officially known as CPCCOHS1001A. This is designed to teach workers how to be safe in construction practices. It meets the standard requirements as set forth by the National Code. Once this unit of competency has successfully been completed, construction worker students receive their White Card as well as a Statement of Attainment.
Many states already have legislation and regulations in place requiring the completion of a general safety induction course before they can do any construction work. It is important to know that each state has its own course to take in order to meet the National Code. Since July 2009, most all states have amended their own legislation to ensure that the CPCCOHS1001A course only meets all regulatory requirements.