Who needs to undertake construction induction training

The requirements for construction induction training apply to construction work. The definition of construction work under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 is very broad and picks up a wide range of activities. 

Construction work is defined in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 [Reg 1.3] as meaning:

  • the construction, erection, installation, alteration, repair, maintenance, cleaning, painting, renewal, removal, excavation, dismantling or demolition of, or addition to, any building or structure, or any work in connection with any of those things, that is done at or adjacent to the place where the building or structure is located; 
  • work on which a hoisting appliance or any scaffold or shoring is used or intended to be used;
  • work in driving or extracting piles, sheet piles or trench sheet;
  • work in laying any pipe or work in lining pipe that is done at or adjacent to the place where the pipe is laid or to be laid;
  • work in sinking or lining or altering, repairing, maintaining, renewing, removing or dismantling a well or borehole;
  • road works, earthworks or reclamation; or 
  • work in laying an underground cable that is done at or adjacent to the place where the cable is laid or to be laid.

Some situations will require the employer, main contractor or person in control of the workplace to exercise judgment in deciding who needs to undertake the construction induction training. Where some judgment is needed to decide whether training should be undertaken it is appropriate to consider the risk factors in making a judgment including:

  • The range of duties the person is required to carry out eg. look at complexity of tasks and hazards associated with those tasks.
  • The degree to which the person is escorted and/or directly supervised while working.
  • The degree to which the construction work undertaken is incidental or peripheral to the main business activity, eg a farmer building an access road on his/her own property, a person doing minor repairs or cleaning in an existing building.
  • The parts of the workplace the person is required or permitted to access and the stage(s) of construction occurring during the timeframe of such access eg. consider such factors as scope and timeframe for a particular construction project and the direct and active involvement of the person in that construction project.

OSH regulations recognise nationally accredited construction induction training conducted in other States and Territories. This means that workers coming from those States do not need to complete the WA course to be able to work in construction in WA, provided they can show evidence that they completed the induction training in their home State.


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