The Certificate IV and Diploma of Work Health and Safety are nationally accredited courses for Safety Officers and OHS Representatives, but there are other safety qualifications available today.
There are safety short courses that target areas like construction, mining, fire prevention and other industries where workers face additional risk or need special preparation for the equipment and conditions involved to carry out their responsibilities in their workplace. Training courses like these give workers a certification in a specific skill set or knowledge area that says they are aware of and know how to comply with the safety regulations in their line of work and are competent in operating all relevant equipment.
Looking for Safety Short Courses in Australia?
Click on the course categories below to find out where you can take up safety short courses in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
- White Card for Construction
- High Risk License
- Fire Safety
- Working at Heights
- Confined Spaces
- First Aid
Inspire Education does not deliver training in these areas. Make sure to do your own research about the training providers listed here. Enquire about their services, latest pricing details and the coverage of their courses by visiting their website or calling their enquiry number to find the best course for you.
The White Card is also known as the Work Safely in the Construction Industry course. Anyone seeking to start a career in construction needs the White Card including project managers, apprentices, trades persons and even self-employed workers. This induction course is a requirement across Australia and it replaces old qualifications like the Blue, Red and Green cards.
Work Safe Australia introduced the new White Card and made it uniform for all states and territories. In other words, the induction card workers receive are valid even if they trained in a different state or territory. This training covers the occupational health and safety rules and legislation all workers must comply with, how to identify and control risks in construction sites, and procedures for communication and reporting incidents.
Many positions have responsibilities that fall under the category of High Risk Work. They often involve handling and operating equipment like forklifts, elevated work platforms and cranes. These equipment are labelled high risk because of the potential accidents that can happen while carrying out tasks such as scaffolding, rigging, dogging and other related responsibilities.
Fire safety covers a huge variety of skills from prevention and emergency response to warden courses and proper use of equipment.
Warden courses are for professionals who want to become the Fire Warden of their workplace. This training teaches the different aspects involved in emergency preparedness like how to organise and lead an evacuation, assess potential emergency risks and create processes when your workplace is faced with an emergency.
Other courses include general emergency awareness where employees are taught how to react when an emergency arises. Part of this training is identifying safe zones for buildings where residents can assemble after an evacuation. You will also be taught about basic fire fighting equipment like how to use fire extinguishers and how the alarms work in your workplace.
The Work Safely at Heights course is made for anyone whose job responsibilities involve the risk of falling from one level to another. This is often the case in industries like mining and construction where workers often transfer between raised platforms. Other professions like window cleaners and building maintenance workers also look to gain this training.
When you take up this course, you will be taught how to prevent falling accidents, how to use safety equipment, anchoring methods and other practical skills. Some providers also include a rescue portion which has its own special requirements and procedures.
Confined spaces are a source of significant risk because they are typically not built for regular access. Among the potential dangers include airborne contaminants brought by poor ventilation, restricted spaces for entry and exit, mechanical hazards and even psychological stress.
This course covers procedures to follow before entering a confined space such as hazard identification, knowing what special equipment is needed and precautions to take to prevent fires. Besides from the skills, it also teaches you the rules and legislation workers must follow at all times.
First aid training is essential in almost every workplace. It is a skill workers are recommended to have regardless of their profession or industry because injuries and accidents can happen anywhere. Many first aid courses are even targeted towards people who have no medical background since they can benefit the most out of it.
Typical courses teach a wide range of basic skills like how to treat burns, wounds and fractures, move the sick or injured and perform CPR. They may also cover how to manage people with seizures, asthma and bites from spiders and snakes.
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