All persons involved in the construction industry in Australia are required to complete the course ‘Work Safely in the Construction Industry’. This is a general Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Induction Course that have been adopted recently by all Australian States and Territories in a bid to have uniform Workplace Health and Safety (OH&S) in all construction sites across the land. This course is required for those working in house or building construction, rebuilding, refurbishing; concreting; asbestos removal, wall, floor or roof tiling; bricklaying; carpentry; and other civil construction works. The course can be taken and recognized in any Australian State or Territory except for the Northern Territory which prefers the course to be taken in the State or Territory where the worker is employed.
CPCCOHS1001A has four major training components:
- Training on how to identify OH&S requirements;
- Training on how to identify construction hazards and control methods;
- Training on how to identify OH&S communication and reporting processes; and,
- Training on incident response procedures.
Details of these components are the following:
- Information regarding the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
- Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008 and codes of practice;
- Risk management;
- Principal contractor’s safety plan;
- Material safety data sheets;
- Work method statements;
- Causes of fires and types of controls;
- Basic emergency procedures like first aid, evacuation plans and procedures;
- Reporting hazards to relevant people at the workplace;
- Workplace Health and Safety Officers;
- Obligations of people at the workplace;
- Duty of care; and,
- Recording of work injuries, work caused illness and dangerous happenings at the workplace.
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) conduct the training after going through and passing the strict accreditation process from such organizations as WA WorkCover, Victoria WorkCover, Workplace Standards Tasmania, SafeWork SA, WorkSafe ACT, WorkCover Queensland, NT WorkSafe and NSW WorkCover Authority.
The course is offered on line or face-to-face, both with same content, modules and assessments. After the enrolee has successfully completed the course, the RTO will require him or her to provide a copy of Statement of Attainment, a Statutory Declaration form that has been signed by the enrolee, a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declaration or legal practitioner and a witness, and a copy of his/her photo I.D. also signed by the Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declaration or legal practitioner. Then, he or she is given what is called the White Card, the nationally-recognized proof of completion of the course.