“White Card”, Formally known as CPCWHS1001 – Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry is a comprehensive and essential course designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills required to ensure their safety and the safety of others while working in the dynamic and potentially hazardous construction environment. This course serves as a vital foundation for anyone seeking to enter or already working in the construction industry.
In this course, participants will gain a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of workplace safety, hazard identification, risk assessment, and the implementation of appropriate control measures. Through a combination of theoretical learning, practical exercises, case studies, and interactive discussions, participants will develop the expertise to proactively recognize, evaluate, and mitigate potential risks and hazards commonly encountered in construction settings.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of CPCWHS1001, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of occupational health and safety regulations, codes of practice, and standards applicable to the construction industry.
- Identify and assess potential hazards and risks associated with construction tasks and environments.
- Apply effective strategies for hazard control, risk reduction, and accident prevention.
- Utilise personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly and recognize its importance in maintaining workplace safety.
- Contribute actively to a safe working culture and communicate safety information to colleagues and supervisors.
- Respond appropriately to emergency situations and incidents, ensuring the well-being of all personnel on the construction site.
- Collaborate effectively with team members and stakeholders to maintain a safe and productive work environment.
- Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities related to workplace safety and the consequences of non-compliance.
A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills, and range of conditions of this unit, in addition to the specific performance and knowledge evidence described below.
The person must:
- identify and orally report two construction hazards
- explain how risk could be reduced or removed in relation to those two hazards
- select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to control the risk
- explain basic procedures for responding to incidents and emergencies, including types and purpose of the following fire safety equipment:
- fire blankets
- fire-extinguishers, including water, carbon dioxide, powder and foam
- hose reels and mains
- identify and orally explain the meaning of required safety signs and symbols
- explain the purpose of job safety analyses (JSAs), safe work method statements (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)
- explain the roles of the following designated health and safety personnel:
- first aid officers
- work health and safety (WHS) representatives
- WHS committee members
The person must also demonstrate correctly fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:
- eye protection
- hearing protection
- hard hat
- high visibility vest, shirt or jacket.