This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) induction training within 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. Licensing requirements will apply to this unit of competency depending on the regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction.
Through successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
Identify OHS legislative requirements as applicable to your state or territory and nationally as appropriate
Identify construction hazards and control measures
Identify OHS communications and reporting processes
Identify OHS incident response procedures
Who has health and safety duties relatingto construction work?
Everyone involved in construction work has health and safety duties when carrying out the work.
The primary duty under the WHS Act requires a person conducting a business or undertaking to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers and other personsare not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking.
The complexity of construction work, however, means that there are a number of businessesor undertakings with duties relating to construction work, ranging from a person conductinga business or undertaking who:
designs the building or structure
commissions the construction work
is a principal contractor
has management or control of a workplace at which construction work is carried out
carries out high risk construction work.
There are also other duty holders that have responsibilities under the WHS Act and Regulations including:
officers (e.g. company directors)
other persons (e.g visitors to construction sites).
It is common in the construction industry for a person to have dual roles. For example,contractors and subcontractors can be persons conducting a business or undertaking butthey may also be workers.
This is recognised in the WHS Act, which provides that a person can have more than oneduty by virtue of being in more than one class of duty holder.
The WHS Act provides that more than one person can have the same duty and requiresthat such persons comply with those duties to the standard required, even if another dutyholder has the same duty. This is, however, qualified by the extent to which the person hasthe capacity to influence and control the matter or would have had that capacity but for anagreement or arrangement purporting to limit or remove that capacity.
The WHS Act requires such duty holders to consult, cooperate and coordinate activitieswith all other persons who have a duty in relation to the same matter, so far as is reasonablypracticable. While this is a specific obligation under the WHS Act, it can also be seen as apractical way in which dual duty holders can ensure that they each fulfil their obligationsunder the WHS Act and Regulations.
At any one time there is generally a number of business operators working at a constructionsite. Some of these people will have the same duties under the WHS Act and Regulations.
For example, each contractor or subcontractor at the site who is a person conducting abusiness or undertaking will have the same duties under the WHS Act and Regulations.
What is Construction Work?
Construction work is defined as any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair,maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure.
Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry - CPCCWHS1001
The various Acts and Regulations which cover workplace health and safety in each of the states and territories have been aligned to an extent in order to provide some consistency in the training and induction requirements for construction workplaces.
The New White Card is a national card which replaces the previous Blue, Red and Green cards which existed from state to state. Legislation is clear in respect to the induction processes and training which is required before a person can enter and work on a building site.
We are passionate about safety, particularly in the construction workplace. Over the years, we have seen friends and colleagues seriously injured and even killed in the workplace, often as the result of an easily preventable incident.
Recently, workplace health and safety has come a very long way, the cost of workplace incidents, accidents and illnesses is far too great and can in many cases be avoided by simply taking care and following established rules and procedures.
This course, is designed to be interactive and hopefully fun, whilst providing you with the skills and knowledge to work safely in the construction industry.
Following is a course guide which will:
Help you get the most from the course
Demonstrate how to use the controls on the eLearning presentation
Provide with a method of proving your identity and satisfying certain regulatory requirements for completing the course online, including a statutory declaration, the provision of photo identification and a signature block. Each of these are required to be forwarded to Abacus Training before your Blue Card can be issued.
Accessing the course - Work Safely in the Construction Industry
Access to your General Site Safety Induction Course is easy through the website and our secure PayPal payment system.
Once your credit card payment has been confirmed, you will be sent a link to our hosted eLearning solution and course. Simply open your web browser, (Internet Explorer, Flock, Firefox etc) enter your unique user name and password and you will be given access to the course and all associated materials.
If you do not wish to pay by credit card, you can call us on number 0418 455 788 to obtain our contact and banking details or send us a cheque and we will forward your username and password.
It is that easy.
Remember, if you have any questions at all during your course, you can email your course presenter at any time or call our offices during normal business hours.