2 Feb 2012

What is site induction

Posted by bcsands

The OHS Act – and the new WHS (Work Health and Safety) act for which transition procedures have been in place in New South Wales since 1 January 2012 – puts the onus on an employer to provide and maintain a working environment that is as safe as practicable and without risks to health.

Construction is recognised as a potentially dangerous industry to work in and there are specific requirements that contractors must meet to ensure the safety of workers on site. Employees are also required to follow safe procedures and take all reasonable precautions to avoid injury to themselves or others.

Any person accessing a building site must hold a construction induction card – essentially a permit to enter a building site. In New South Wales this is called a White Card and anyone who works on a building site or regularly enters construction zones must carry out a White Card training course before they can be awarded one. The training includes rights and responsibilities under OHS law, common hazards and risks in the construction industry, basic risk management principles and the standard of behaviour expected of workers on construction sites.

The White card system was introduced to try and cut down on accidents in the construction industry. Training is carried out by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) accredited by the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board (VETAB) and approved by WorkCover.

A specific site induction should also be carried out to familiarize workers with any particular hazards and risks on a particular site, in particular for commercial or industrial sites. This induction should be carried out by a company representative for every person who will work on the site. Sub-contractors must also be inducted. A site induction should include:

•    site safety rules and policies
•    site amenities and welfare facilities
•    emergency procedures
•    site specific hazards and control measures
•    how safety issues and disputes are resolved
•    how to report hazards or unsafe work practices
•    how to report accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences
•    what to do if you are injured
•    first aid provisions
•    workers compensation
•    details of the consultative processes on-site.

Any visitors to a construction site must have permission to enter and should always be accompanied by somebody who holds a construction induction card.

 

What is site induction?

 

The OHS Act – and the new WHS (Work Health and Safety) act for which transition procedures have been in place in New South Wales since 1 January 2012 – puts the onus on an employer to provide and maintain a working environment that is as safe as practicable and without risks to health.

 

Construction is recognised as a potentially dangerous industry to work in and there are specific requirements that contractors must meet to ensure the safety of workers on site. Employees are also required to follow safe procedures and take all reasonable precautions to avoid injury to themselves or others.

 

Any person accessing a building site must hold a construction induction card – essentially a permit to enter a building site. In New South Wales this is called a White Card and anyone who works on a building site or regularly enters construction zones must carry out a White Card training course before they can be awarded one. The training includes rights and responsibilities under OHS law, common hazards and risks in the construction industry, basic risk management principles and the standard of behaviour expected of workers on construction sites.

 

 The White card system was introduced to try and cut down on accidents in the construction industry. Training is carried out by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) accredited by the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board (VETAB) and approved by WorkCover.

 

A specific site induction should also be carried out to familiarize workers with any particular hazards and risks on a particular site, in particular for commercial or industrial sites. This induction should be carried out by a company representative for every person who will work on the site. Sub-contractors must also be inducted. A site induction should include:

  • site safety rules and policies
  • site amenities and welfare facilities
  • emergency procedures
  • site specific hazards and control measures
  • how safety issues and disputes are resolved
  • how to report hazards or unsafe work practices
  • how to report accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences
  • what to do if you are injured
  • first aid provisions
  • workers compensation
  • details of the consultative processes on-site.

Any visitors to a construction site must have permission to enter and should always be accompanied by somebody who holds a construction induction card.

 


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