Before a work placement commences, the principal must arrange that students undertaking work placements are provided with instruction about their rights and responsibilities in relation to workplace health and safety, and ensure the students' understanding of them.
For detailed information on workplace health and safety issues please refer to the following web sites:
Principals must ensure, as far as practicable, that:
During a work experience placement, the school must monitor the health and safety performance of the work experience provider. This may be achieved through:
Where it is found that students are being required to undertake work that is a risk to their health and safety, action must be taken to minimise the risk to the student. Action may include withdrawing the student and consulting with the Workplace Health and Safety Program, Department of Industrial Relations.
Programs that schools can use to prepare students in Workplace Health and Safety include:
Thus, if a work placement is being arranged for students on a construction site, students must have a general induction as required under Queensland's workplace health and safety legislation before that student can do his or her placement. As an RTO the school can deliver this course to the relevant students.
30215QLD - Course in General Safety Induction (Construction Industry) is mandatory for employers, self-employed persons and workers doing construction-type work. Delivery must be by a registered training organisation and
an employer needs to see evidence that a worker has had a general induction before work starts, and
a worker must hold general induction evidence before work on a site commences and must show this to the employer.