The Low Voltage Rescue (LVR) refresher course covers the performance of rescue procedures from live Low Voltage (LV) apparatus, not including overhead lines and underground cables in the workplace.
Low voltage rescue knowledge and skills training is a crucial short course.
If your role requires you to work on energised electrical equipment you must have a dedicated Safety Observer who is competent to implement the control measures in an emergency and be competent to rescue you like a worker who is carrying out the work.
The course is relevant for anyone working within the civil construction, metalliferous and coal mining/drilling, and any extractive industries where work is being carried out on or near energised electrical equipment.
Electricians, auto electricians and trade assistants, and anyone working as the dedicated safety advisor should have completed an LVR course and maintain currency every 12 months as it is the basis of rescuing an individual from a low voltage power source in the event of electrocution.
This program is delivered as either an Initial full course or a refresher course for those who have done it before but need their SOA current within 1 year for industry requirements. For the full course information visit the ‘LVR full course page‘.
- Proof of your previous First Aid/ CPR training/ SOA etc
- Basic verbal and written English communication skills sufficient to read material and understand instruction.
- A Unique Student Identifier number (USI)- if you don’t have one go to- usi.gov.au
- Provide photo identification.
- Wear closed in shoes.
- Sun protection is also recommended (hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants).
- Pass a language, literacy, and numeracy assessment (LLN) if applicable.
A pre-requisite of the course for learners commencing the LVR course as outlined in the unit of competency certification in CPR.
Additionally due to the physical nature of the unit of competency learners must have the physical capacity to be able to rescue/ drag another human to safety and as CPR is a prereq the learner must be able to also complete 2 minutes of continuous CPR positioned on the floor.
How long will the training take (Duration)
The Low Voltage Rescue (LVR) course has training and assessment that is competency-based so the time of the course is dependent on a learner’s previous experience, capabilities, and abilities.
The typical duration of this refresher Low Voltage Rescue (LVR) course for someone who has completed the training before is approx 2 hours.
A full LVR/ CPR course is also available for those that haven’t completed the course before. Click Here to check out that info.
How is the Training Delivered ( Delivery Modes)
Brief practical and theory training based on theoretical concepts and set tasks that need to be completed. The learner is then given a theory and a practical assessment.
Designed for all types of learners giving them access to the equipment and skills required to be competent in the practical skills and knowledge of Low Voltage Rescue (LVR) in a very focused time-efficient structure.
Step 1 – Completion of theory assessment. Any gaps are identified and addressed with the learner.
Step 2 – Learner completes the practical assessment. Any gaps are identified and addressed with the learner.
Step 3 – Upon successful completion, the learner is issued a Statement of attainment.
Please note: A proof of training card can be issued for an additional cost.
What will you learn? (Overview)
The Low Voltage Rescue course covers:
- Prepare to perform rescue procedures from live LV panel
- Carry out rescue from live LV panel
- Complete the LV panel rescue procedure.
You will learn:
- The mandatory requirements of rescue from a live LV panel.
- How the mandatory requirements apply in the context of transmission, distribution, or rail work functions.
- The responsibilities for, health, safety, and risk management processes at all operative levels.
- How to adhere to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.
For more specific course information please contact us or go to https://training.gov.au
To complete the course, students must successfully complete all assessments which are aligned with the national unit of competency.
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, students will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment (SOA).
Your Statement of Attainment does not have an expiry date, however, Refresher training for LV rescue should be carried out annually as stipulated in Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (legislation.qld.gov.au), however, specific Electrical Service Industry network providers may request more stringent refresher training requirements – eg. on a six-monthly basis to retain your currency.
How frequently should I complete an LVR/CPR refresher course?
The Electrical Safety Code of Practice 2013 states that the competent and dedicated Safety Observer must have been assessed in the previous 1 year as competent to rescue and resuscitate.
By completing an LVR/CPR refresher every year you can ensure your knowledge and those of your fellow work colleagues who may need to save you remains up to date.
In Australia, Electrical, OHS, and WHS laws are updated frequently based on the changing needs and situations of different industries, so by completing an LVR/CPR refresher course annually, you can ensure you remain compliant with any changes.
We recommend this course be completed alongside a First aid refresher or full course for maximum effect — as it’s extremely important to have someone skilled in these three areas on any worksite in case of accident or injury.