About the Program

The Centroc Work Health & Safety (WHS) Induction Program has been designed to enable contractors working within the Centroc region to undertake a WHS Induction once and be able to work at any participating Council without the need to re-do the induction.

The Centroc WHS Induction is designed as a general induction and does not replace a site specific induction.

Workers involved in construction site activities must have a General Induction for Construction Workers (White Card).

This handbook was originally purchased from the Hunter Regional Organisation of Councils (Hunter Councils) and the work that has been purchased and since amended to suit the Central Regional Organisation of Councils (Centroc). Centroc acknowledges Hunter Council’s initiative and the initial work involved in the development of the Local Government Work Health and Safety Handbook.

The following Councils were involved in the development of the program:

Bathurst Regional Council
Blayney Shire Council
Boorowa Council
Cabonne Council
Central Tablelands County Council
Cowra Shire Council
Forbes Shire Council
Harden Shire Council
Lachlan Shire Council
Lithgow City Council
Mid-Western Regional Council
Oberon Council
Orange City Council
Parkes Shire Council
Upper Lachlan Council
Weddin Shire Council
Wellington Council
Young Shire Council

All council, labour hire, volunteer, contractor, workers and work experience students will be recognised by the above local government organisations in the Central West region following the issue of the Local Government Work Health & Safety Induction Card.

The objectives of the program are:

  • to address important requirements of the NSW Work Health & Safety Act 2011 and its associated Regulation;
  • to promote a safe work environment for workers which are adapted to their psychological and physiological needs;
  • to ensure other persons not employed by Council are not exposed to risks to their health or safety while they are at a Council worksite;
  • to draw attention to appropriate resources such as the Act, WHS Regulation, relevant policies, Codes of Practice and Australian Standards;
  • to allow for labour hire and contract workers to move more freely in the region and into participating Councils, to undertake various types of work;
  • to act as a foundation for Council inductions to Local Government within the region.

It is the aim of the participating member Councils that all workers, volunteers and contractors accept these guidelines willingly and with enthusiasm as an essential aid to their own safety and for the safety of all other persons.

A refresher induction may be required if there is:

a) a change in legislation

b) a performance issue

c) an incident occurrence.

On successful completion of the program, Contractors will be issued with a Centroc WHS Induction Card which is valid at any participating member council in the Centroc region.

For more information on the program, please contact Centroc’s Energy and Training Program Manager, Kate Barker on 0428 604 513 or kate.barker@centroc.com.au