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COVID-19 rescue and resuscitation training exemptions

In 2020, during the height of COVID-19 travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, we introduced alternative arrangements for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), pole top rescue (PTR) and low voltage switch board rescue (LVR) training.

These measures were introduced to assist industry where travel or lack of class access made it difficult for licence holders and others to attend formal training with a registered training organisation (RTO).

Following recent consultation with industry, these alternative arrangements are no longer required.

From 1 August 2021, the exemptions for CPR, PTR and LVR training will no longer apply.

Employers should check their training records and identify those who may require training and contact their preferred RTO to discuss suitable arrangements.

Workers whose CPR, PTR or LVR training is not current, must not act in roles that require this training, particularly safety observers for live work. The work should be rescheduled or redesigned so that a safety observer or rescuer is not required.