In this edition, John Darcy, OHS Manager for Master Builders Association of Victoria, talks about the lack of individual compliance in some areas of the construction industry. John has 23 years experience in OHS.
Construction induction training, formerly referred to as ‘red card’ training, was mandated under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 on 1 July 2008.
Many workers had already completed red card training before the introduction of these Regulations (red card has been around since 2001), so there is no precise way of knowing how many of the 210,000 workers employed in the Victorian construction industry have completed the training.
All workers coming onto domestic or commercial sites acrossVictoriamust have either a red card, a construction induction (CI) card (also called the white card) or an interstate equivalent. The red card did not expire, so there is no need for a worker to be retrained to obtain a CI card.
Builders should ensure that everyone coming onto their site to perform construction work has completed the training and issued a card.
WorkSafe inspectors still come across tradesmen that have not done any construction induction training, particularly in regional areas.
What is deeply concerning is there are workers who have been caught on sites trying to pass themselves off using other worker’s CI cards. The worst example involved a team of plasterers all carrying the same CI card and other forms of identification.
It is an offence for an employer to allow a person to perform construction work without having completed the training (an employer could be a subcontractor or builder).
To protect you and your business, it is recommended that builders regularly request worker’s CI cards (eg at a toolbox meeting) and cross-reference the names with other forms of identification (eg a driver licence).
Builders who find subcontractors bringing workers onto their sites without a card, or are passing themselves off as someone else, should take appropriate action to ensure their subcontractors immediately rectify the situation.
Let us know about your thoughts on card compliance.
When was the last time you were asked to produce your card?
Have you ever worked with somebody who didn’t have a valid card (no names please)?