Safety Training – Why should you bother?
Safety training has been something that has been neglected for a long time. Historically a lot of companies saw the safety of their employees as second to the importance of their bottom line. But times have changed and it is now a very high priority for employers as there are significant financial and legal ramifications for those who don’t take the safety of their staff seriously. So why is it important? No matter what industry you’re working in the safety of you and the people around you is vital. The effect it can have on your life when you’re injured or potentially worse, can be catastrophic for yourself, friends and family. In Australia each industry must ensure they are providing a safe environment and maintaining the legal requirement outlined by occupational health and safety legislation. Let’s take a look at safety training – in particular for those who work in the construction industry in Australia.
Working on a construction site is possibly one of the most dangerous places to work. The use of such powerful tools and often working at such great heights can be really dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing and this is where safety training comes into play. In order to work in the construction industry in Australia you MUST complete the basic white card safety training which aims to cover a lot of the basics of how to stay safe on a job site.
So, as mentioned above the safety training required for those working in the construction industry – is white card training. It is a legal requirement for anyone working in the industry.
What is covered in the Safety Training?
When it comes to the safety training course, it takes a look at some of the following topics.
- How to identify and explain occupational health and safety legislative requirements
- Identifying duty of care
- Understanding the responsibilities of working in the construction industry.
- How to identify construction hazards.
If you want a more detailed look at what is covered in the safety training checkout this article and video we made which covers all that stuff.
What happens if you don’t do the legally required training?
If you don’t do the safety training that is a legal requirement to work in the construction industry in Australia then you and your employer can find themselves in a lot of trouble. Not only do you risk injury to yourself and workmates if you don’t understand how to stay safe but if you get caught by the workplace safety inspectors then you can receive a $3,000 fine for you, and an $11,000 fine for your employer! Pretty hefty fine, but seeing as the course only takes a couple of hours and is usually less than $100 it’s pretty stupid not to just do the course.
Can I find the answers to the test online?
Such a cheeky question. And we’ve looked online to and no one is providing all of the answers to the test. And although that would make it a heck of a lot easier, it probably isn’t the best way of doing things, as you won’t learn anything from the training, which is designed to keep you and your workmates safe. We did go through one training providers test and write an article which goes over the times of questions and answers in the white card training so feel free to check that out by clicking here – http://www.whitecardinfo.com.au/white-card-answers/
How much will safety training cost?
It all depends on the training provider you choose to use as they all offer different prices. Some seem to offer them ridiculously cheap but we’re not sure of the kind of service or course they offer, but generally you’ll be looking at around $50 – $150. We recommend you checkout one training provider who actually allows you to complete the course for free we highly recommend them simply because they have to provide good service and a good course otherwise you can just opt not to pay for it. It’s a pretty open way of doing things and so I highly recommend you check them out.
Online Vs Face to Face Training
So there are two ways you can complete your safety training. Either online or face to face. Online training has it’s benefits but of course so does face to face. Checkout our infographic below to see the benefits of doing online training vs face to face safety training.