Current at: 05 March 2009
Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Induction Card
In 2002 the Workplace Relations Ministers Council endorsed the National OHS Strategy 2002-12 which declared the National Induction Code under the Australian Workplace Safety Standards Act 2005.
The Induction code supports the National Standard for Construction Work and is a unit of BCGO3 General Construction Training Package.
The Tasmanian Government through Workplace Standards Tasmania has been in long and sometimes difficult negotiations with industry on the best way of implementing the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work.
HIA has successfully argued that the residential sector should not be forced to adopt the full three part induction program. The residential sector will need to provide General Induction which provides a basic knowledge of requirements under OH&S Laws, common hazards and risks likely to be encountered on construction sites.
However the residential sector will not be required to undertake Site Induction on each new worksite nor Task Induction in the first 12 months.
is the last state to adopt the National Induction Code. Every other state has an Induction Card System. One of the positive elements of the program will be that the Tasmanian Induction Card will be recognised nationally and hence our builders will be able to work interstate without having to undertake the interstate induction program.
What is the OHS Induction Card?
The OHS Induction Card is the proof that persons working in the residential and general construction sectors have undertaken induction training consistent with the “National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work”.
Who is required to have an Induction Card?
The Induction Card will be required to be held in
by all persons involved in construction work, including:
Persons with control of construction projects (eg principal contractors, project managers, main contractors, builders, employers and self employed).
Persons with control of construction work (eg Principal contractors, main contractors and subcontractors).
Persons carrying out construction work (eg employees, contractors, labour hire workers).
Who is not required to have an Induction Card?
The National Code provides exemption for:
Visitors to a construction site where they are accompanied by a person who does hold an Induction Card.
Persons temporally at a construction site to deliver plant, supplies, material or services.
When will the Induction Card start?
It is proposed that the National Code will come into effect in
1 July 2009
People working in the construction industry for less than 5 years will be required to undertake the Induction Training within 12 months (
1 July 2010
People working in the construction industry for 5 years or more will be required to undertake the Induction Training within 24 months (
1 July 2011
All new people to the construction industry will have 12 months to undertake the Induction Training (
1 July 2010
1 July 2010
all new persons entering the construction industry will be required to undertake the Induction Training before commencing work on a construction site.
How is an OHS Induction Card obtained?
The Induction Training will be delivered by Registered Training Organisations such as HIA.
HIA will be offering the General Induction Course (CPCCOHS1001A) which is a 6 hour program.
All participants will be required to complete an assessment at the conclusion of the training to demonstrate their understanding and competency.
HIA will either issue the Induction Card directly to participants or it will be issued by Workplace Standards Tasmania upon advice from HIA.
How long does the Induction Card last?
Once people have completed the Induction Training the Induction Card will be a life long qualification which unlike other states will not require renewal.
When will the Induction Training be available?
HIA has been offering the Induction Training in other states for a number of years including
. HIA will be offering the Induction Training in
by April 2009.
HIA will try and assist as many members as possible through the Induction Program to ensure they are able to comply with the new regulations.
It is anticipated there will be about 14 000 people in the Construction industry that will be required to have an Induction Card and accordingly it is important that HIA members register for induction training as soon as possible to avoid getting caught in a backlog of people wanting to undertake the training.
What happens if People do not have an Induction Card?
Workplace Standards Tasmania will audit accredited building practitioners and undertake onsite spot checks around the state to ensure all persons working on construction sites have the Induction Card. Infringement Notices may be issued to persons not holding an Induction Card.
To register your interest for the National Code of Practice Induction Card (CPCCOHS1001A)
please complete the section below and return to HIA Training, 309 Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tas, 7000 or Fax 6234 3314.
I would like register my interest for the National Code of Practice Card (CPCCOHS1001A)
Membership No:____________ Contact No.:__________________