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Blue and White Card??       started by debs1966 on 29 Apr 2010   (22763)
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From debs1966

29 Apr 2010 7:39 AM
(108240)
I have been searching on the Seek website for plastering vacancies and alot of the employers are asking for a Blue and White Card. Can somebody please enlighten me has to how he gets one of these please? Can my partner apply for one of these before coming out to Australia. Also, what is the difference between a blue and white card? Many thanks Debbie
From meandbee

To debs1966

29 Apr 2010 9:43 AM
(108242)
Debs, you can do the white card on line. It is the new version of the blue card, which in turn replaced a green card. Basically it is an industry standard safety course for the construction industry. Make sure you choose the course for the state you want to live in as there are different ones. The Blue Dog Training website is a good online course. You just work your way through at your own time watching vid clips then answer about 30 questions. If you get a question wrong it just adds two questions onto the list. Of all the online inductions i have done it is one of the better ones. www.bluedogtraining.com.au there are other providers.
From sunqueeno

To debs1966

29 Apr 2010 4:35 PM
(108247)
Hi there, would electricians need the white card?
From Kris+Rob

To sunqueeno

29 Apr 2010 8:22 PM
(108250)
Yes, most building sites will require a White card. Not sure what the rules are if you're fixing domestic wiring, fit plugs etc in established homes. However, it only costs about $100 and takes a couple hours max online.
From jimboman

To sunqueeno

29 Apr 2010 8:55 PM
(108252)
Basically, the blue/ white cards are general safety inductions that cover stupid things like 'not whistling at girls' and 'not being nasty to people of different races or religions'. No one fails the card. If you do it in the classroom, it takes two hours, costs $100 or so and the answers are all on the whiteboard in front of you. Where I went, the cards were all pre printed before you sat the course. You will also have to repeat these inductions every time you go onto a minesite, refinery, factory, shop wherever...(although the minesite etc, will pay you to sit the induction). I must have spent a hundred hours being 'inducted' to different places in the last three years. The real skill is trying to stay awake and if you are really good, trying to look interested. In my new job, I was even shown how to climb a flight of stairs safely and had to sign a form proving that I had been 'instructed in the correct manor to ascend or descend a flight of stairs using the three points of contact rule'. (I kid you not). The arse covering paper trail here is massive. If there is a risk, you can bet that the company you work for will have a form that you must sign, that absolves them from responsibilty. If you do your back in over here, you won't get compo, because you will have signed a form stating that you will not lift anything too heavy, too awkward and will not twist or bend when lifting. If you fall down the stairs, they will have the 'three points of contact at all times' form that you signed to wave in your face.
From Kris+Rob

To jimboman

30 Apr 2010 7:09 AM
(108262)
I quote Stephen Fry 'The three most dangerous words in the English language are: Health And Safety'. The prosecution rests.