Construction Induction (White Card) Course tailored for school students

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All Skills Services has a tailored Construction Induction (White Card) Course specifically for school students...

Specially tailored White Card Course for school students

Managing Director & head Trainer & Assessor, Dale Gollop, of All Skills Services Training has identified that the information required to obtain the Construction Induction (White Card) from  WorkSafe Victoria can be very overwhelming to school students.  Most of these students are either going on Work Experience or it is a requirement for another course of VET study that they are undertaking through their secondary school.

The Construction Induction (White Card) Course is a generic Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) induction training for the construction industry.

It requires the ability to demonstrate personal awareness of OHS legislative requirements, and the basic principles of risk management and prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry.

This course supports the attainment of the basic OHS knowledge required prior to undertaking designated work tasks within any of the sectors within the construction industry, and relates directly to the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

"The whole point of the White Card Course is to make participants aware of their own safety & the safety of others when on a work site" says Dale. "These students are being bombarded with a full day of information & it can be very overwhelming for them. Everybody learns differently, and, keeping that in mind, we have introduced a practical component to this training at our facility in Maryborough, VIC, and offered this course to school students as a 2-day course. This allows more time for students to ask any questions about the topics covered, & also share their experiences with the class. It makes the learning much more enjoyable for them, which also helps them to retain the knowledge."

This course was delivered to seven Highview College students over 2 days.  These students had a diverse learning background, and were between the ages of 15-18.

Topics covered in this course were:

• applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory OHS legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and industry standards/guidance notes relevant to own work, role and responsibilities

• basic principles of risk management and assessment for construction work

• common construction hazards

• common construction safety signage and its meanings

• general construction emergency response and evacuation procedures

• general construction work activities that require licenses, tickets or certificates of competency

• general first aid response requirements

• general procedures for raising OHS issues

• general procedures for reporting OHS hazards, accidents, incidents, emergencies, injuries, near misses and dangerous occurrences

• general procedures for responding to hazards, incidents and injuries

• general workers' compensation and injury management requirements

• OHS Hierarchy of Hazard controls

• OHS responsibilities and rights of duty holders, including:

- persons in control of construction work/projects

- employers and self-employed persons



- designers

- inspectors

- manufacturers and suppliers

• own responsibilities to comply with safe work practices relating to:

- housekeeping

- identification of hazards

- preventing bullying or harassment

- smoking

- use of amenities

- use of drugs and alcohol

• role of OHS committees and representatives

• types of common personal protective equipment and fire safety equipment

• types of OHS information and documentation.

During the course, which included theory, handouts, DVD's, and practical exercises, the students were shown & explained how to wear different types of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that is commonly required to be worn on worksites (hard hats, gloves, ear muffs, ear plugs), how to visually inspect power & hand tools for damage making them unsafe to use, how to fill out an OUT OF SERVICE tag, how far 6.4 metres actually measures (powerline No Go Zones distance) & learning to judge the distance visually, what to look for when completing a SWMS (Safe Work Method Statement) & actually filling one out, & learning about different types of fire extinguishers & which types of fires to use which type of extinguisher.

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One group visually inspecting & identifying safety issues with power tools 

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Another group visually inspecting & identifying safety issues with power tools            

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Completed an OUT OF SERVICE tag

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Actually measuring how far 6.4 metres from an overhead powerline is...

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And then visually measuring how far 6.4 metres from an overhead powerline is  

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One group participating in a scenario with an EWP to learn what to look for when filling out a SWMS

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Another group participating in a scenario with a Forklift to learn what to look for when filling out a SWMS

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Identifying different types of fire extinguishers

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Completing the assessment for the nationally accredited 'White Card' Course

These students completed the course and gained the following skills:

• communication skills to:

- clarify OHS legislative requirements

- verbally report construction hazards and risks

- ask effective questions

- relay information to others

- discuss OHS issues and information

• comprehension skills to:

- explain the basic OHS legislative requirements which will be applicable to own work

- explain the meaning of safety signs and symbols

- identify common construction hazards

- discuss the basic principles of risk management.

Students were issued with a Statement of Attainment for a nationally recognised unit of competency (CPCCOHS1001A – Work Safely in the Construction Industry), and WorkSafe Victoria will issue them with their official 'White Cards', which they can use in any state of Australia.

We received very positive feedback from the students about this course:

"I thought that the course was good and was a lot different than sitting in a classroom all day."

D. Brereton, (Highview College student), 2016

"It was a wonderful experience and I feel like I have learnt a lot from doing this course. (The trainer) does a great job to make sure we understand everything and he makes everything clear for us. I like the way he teaches it."

J. Solomano, (Highview College student), 2016

"This course was helpful about learning about all the powerline distances and it will be very helpful for when I go out on work experience."

J. Mortlock, (Highview College student), 2016

"It was good, had a range of information and in-depth, also various of classroom to practical work outside which was great."

B. Cossar, (Highview College student), 2016



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