A White Card, otherwise known as a construction induction card, is a mandatory safety induction card for anyone working in the construction industry. This includes everyone from bricklayers and electricians to plumbers and supervisors. But do you need to carry your White Card with you at all times? And what happens if you don’t have it on you? In this article, we’ll answer these questions and more!
So, Do You Have Your Card With You at All Times?
The answer is yes. Of course, if you’re not working on a construction site, you don’t need to carry your card. However, if you’re ever working at a construction site, or you are an individual who can access operational construction zones without supervision or with little supervision, it’s always a good idea to have your card on hand. Why? Because it’s a legal requirement in many states and territories.
The White Card is proof that you have completed the general induction training course, which is a mandatory safety induction for anyone wanting to work on construction sites in Australia. The course covers topics such as hazard awareness and basic first aid.
Here are more reasons to make sure you always have your white card with you:
- It demonstrates your commitment to safety: Carrying your white card at all times shows that you are serious about safety and are willing to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others. This can be an important factor when applying for jobs or promotions.
- It’s a good way to show your employer that you’re serious about safety: Most employers will only allow employees to work on their construction sites if they have a valid white card. Showing up without one can be a sure-fire way to get yourself fired.
- If there is an accident on a construction site or an investigation into an accident, the first thing that investigators will ask for is everyone’s white cards. If you do not have yours with you, it could delay the investigation. You could also get fined.
- You never know when you might get a job offer: Think about it; If you’re carrying your white card, you can show it to potential employers on the spot and increase your chances of getting hired.
Bottom line: While it may seem like an inconvenience to always carry your card with you, it’s really in your best interest to do so.
What If Your Card is Lost or Damaged?
Thankfully, replacing a lost or damaged card is relatively straightforward. Just contact the state-recognised Training Organisation that originally issued your card, and they will organise a replacement. In most cases, there is a small fee for this service. You’ll also need to provide proof of identity, such as a passport or driver’s license. If you have moved to a new address or changed your name, you’ll also need to update your details with the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
What if Your Card is Expired?
If your construction induction card expires, you’ll need to complete the general Induction training again.
The good news is that as long as you have maintained your competencies, you’ll only need to do the refresher course. The refresher course covers the same topics as the original General Induction course but in less detail. You may be required to show proof of your competencies, such as a work diary or payslips, to enrol in the refresher course. If you have not worked in the construction industry within the last 2 years, you’ll need to complete a full construction induction course.
Are you looking for a construction induction course? Then look no further than the Upskill Institute. We offer both the General Induction course and the Refresher course, all delivered by our team of experienced and qualified trainers. Contact us today!
In addition to our other offerings, we have recently added an online course option for obtaining a white card certification.