Covid 19 lockdown easing – 11th Oct, 2021

At last companies and workers in NSW can return to providing the valuable, essential and productive work they performed before the second wave of Covid 19 hit the state.

Covid19 will linger for many years to come and although we are double vaccinated now and will continue to receive booster vaccinations into the future, we all need to be aware that vaccinations do not give us full protection against catching and transmitting the virus. It does however greatly reduce the risk of hospitalisation and or death of a person

Group, onsite training where all workers requiring CPR only, full First Aid, Low Voltage Rescue, Combined CPR LVR or Manual Handling qualifications is much safer than sending a few workers to a public course where they will be exposed to others with unknown Covid 19 status.

As an employer you have a much better idea and records of the health status of your workers related to Covid 19. This is not the case with public course delivery, where other attendees status is unknown.

Don’t take the risk that students with unknown Covid 19 status, attending public course training, might infect your workers, impact your business and your workers health after being crammed into a small training room that does not comply with social distancing rules.

Public course training venues tend to cram as many people in a small space to increase their profit margin and not care about the students once they have left their establishment.

*Lewis Training sanitises all equipment used before and after training, adheres strictly to current social distancing requirements, provides nitrile gloves and face masks to each student if required or requested and does not permit any student to attend training if they are symptomatic.

Checking in before training with your companies QC code is essential and all *Lewis Training personnel are double vaccinated and will be booster protected when required.

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* Lewis Training is growing

Posted on: April 25, 2017 by Margaret

Recently * Lewis Training contracted Mr Greg Bain to assist with delivery of First Aid, Education and Care Setting First Aid, CPR and CPR LVR combined course training

Greg will be a huge asset to * Lewis Training and is a highly experienced trainer in all areas of First Aid and Rescue after working with the NSW Fire Brigade for many many years

Manual Handling training will continue to be tailored and delivered by Margaret Lewis but we are hoping to have Greg also deliver Manual Handling courses in the future

We are very pleased to have Greg on board and look forward to a long term relationship between * Lewis Training and it’s valued clients

Child Care – Asthma and Anaphylaxis training

Posted on: September 24, 2012 by Margaret

The Education and Care Services National Regulations: Part 2.4 – Children’s Health and Safety will require Child Care Workers to hold qualifications in

Emergency Management of ASTHMA in the Workplace – 22024VIC and

First Aid Management of ANAPHYLAXIS – 22300VIC

by the 1st January, 2013.

Both qualifications, as well as the pre-requisite of Apply First Aid, can be obtained through Margaret. Convenient group, onsite training is available at my usual affordable prices.

Call Margaret NOW ! and don’t miss the January, 2013 deadline.

Covid 19 – training update

Posted on: June 29, 2021 by Margaret

Put the control for delivery of training back into your hands

Dealing with Covid 19 will be with us for a very long time

Don’t risk sending your workers to public courses where Covid 19 has a high risk of being transmitted to your workers.

During the current Greater Western Sydney area Covid 19 lockdown my recommendation is that you DO NOT send workers to any course training (Public or Private).

When the lockdown is over please be aware that Public courses can spread Covid 19, as they can and often do:

  • Cram as many students as possible into small rooms, sometimes with many courses being conducted at the same time and not following social distancing requirements. Currently 4 sqm
  • Provide a training area where hundreds of students a week have attended, spreading and leaving Covid 19 behind ( this virus can live up to 3 weeks on hard, flat surfaces)
  • Use outdated equipment that has not been sanitised correctly or not cleaned at all
  • Provide students with bandages and slings that have been reused over and over by hundreds of other students
  • Provide pens to students that have been used by hundreds of students previously

* Lewis Training provides private course, group ( minimum 5), onsite, nationally accredited training in CPR, First Aid, CPR/Low Voltage Rescue and Manual Handling directly to your workplace

This reduces the risk to your workers by:

  • Ensuring that your training area is clean and sanitised as you would have completed this as part of your regular cleaning processes
  • Knowing how many people have been in that training area before
  • Knowing that your workers will be made to comply with social distancing rules
  • Knowing that each of your workers will be provided with Nitrile gloves, a surgical face mask, a new pen ( all courses ), a new bandage and sling ( First Aid course ) when in training
  • Knowing the equipment used is modern and sanitised correctly
  • Knowing your workers, who usually work together, are not exposed to large numbers of workers from different workplaces as they would be when attending a Public course

Private group courses allow you to control the day, time and training location that you require. Public course training does not.

If you have large groups of workers requiring qualifications, then with a private course you can split your workers into smaller groups as * Lewis Training does not charge for training on a daily basis – only per person attending training.

* Lewis Training courses allow the time for your workers to ask questions relevant to their specific work situations and can provide one on one support if required.

Margaret Lewis from * Lewis Training has over 45 years experience in Pathology ( including working with bacteria and viruses ) and Emergency Medicine, as well as providing Work Health and Safety support to clients regarding Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.

Call now on 0414 515577 to make your group course booking after the Sydney area lockdown has eased.

Easy payment options:

Posted on: February 5, 2017 by Margaret

Your * Lewis Training invoice now has easier options for payment

Invoices are emailed to you after the training or service has been provided and is due for payment within 14 days

Payments can be made by EFT ( information provided on your invoice ) OR now, by Credit Card – Master Card or Visa only

For Credit Card payment please contact Margaret via email or telephone and provide your card details

A receipt of your invoice payment will then be provided to you

First Aid Compliance on your worksite

Posted on: June 9, 2011 by Margaret

Many employers are non compliant with the current legislation governing First Aid requirements on their worksites.

Below is an extract from the current WHS Regulation 2011 to assist you to comply with your obligations related to First Aid.

Division 3 First aid
42 Duty to provide first aid
(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking at
a workplace must ensure:
(a) the provision of first aid equipment for the workplace; and
(b) that each worker at the workplace has access to the equipment; and
(c) access to facilities for the administration of first aid.

Maximum penalty:
In the case of an individual—$6 000.
In the case of a body corporate—$30 000.

(2) A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that:
(a) an adequate number of workers are trained to administer first aid at the workplace; or
(b) workers have access to an adequate number of other persons who have been trained to
administer first aid.

Maximum penalty:
In the case of an individual—$6 000.
In the case of a body corporate—$30 000.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation, the person conducting the business or undertaking must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:
(a) the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace;
(b) the nature of the hazards at the workplace;
(c) the size and location of the workplace;
(d) the number and composition of the workers and other persons at the workplace.

Further news on Work Health Safety legislation for 2012 

Posted on: May 31, 2011 by Margaret

Some information below is directly extracted from WorkCover NSW website
Occupational Health and Safety in NSW is currently legislated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation 2001.
Variations to both the Act and Regulation have been made since this time but there are changes planned for the introduction in January, 2012, of proposed changes that will affect NSW and Australian Occupational Health and Safety laws.

This means that NSW will join all States and Territories and be legislated by the same Work, Health Safety requirements and obligations.
Margaret encourages everyone to be aware of the new changes that will affect them as business owners, employers and workers.
Below is useful information obtained from the WorkCover NSW website which I encourage you to read and understand to make the progression easier for you and your company.

WorkCover NSW is a wealth of information on Health and Safety and I highly recommend that you visit their website at:
or telephone them on 13 10 50

WorkCover NSW is also conducting FREE seminars throughout NSW on the proposed new WHS – Work Health Safety Legislation and you can register online if you wish to attend.

What will the new laws change?
The OHS legislation will change to national model laws which will consist of a NEW Work Health Safety model Act, NEW model regulations and NEW model codes of practice.
My suggestions are to view WorkCover NSW sub-sites such as:

  • The Model Work Health Safety ( WHS ) Act. This area sets out work health and safety obligations that must be complied with from 1 January 2012.
  • The Model Work Health Safety ( WHS ) Regulations. This area provides details on how certain sections of the model act are to be implemented.
  • The Model Regulations are currently under development and information will be posted in my news area when it becomes available.
  • The Model Codes of Practice related to the new WHS legislation is also a useful area of information related to practical guides for businesses and workers. It may assist you to better understand and achieve acceptable standards of work health and safety in your particular profession, trade or industry.

Please note that the model codes are currently under development.

HSR Training

Posted on: October 23, 2013 by Margaret

HSR Bridging course

This course is no longer offered for training delivery. By now all OHS Committee members and newly elected HSR’s must have completed the 1 day bridging course or 5 day HSR course.

After 12 months from the above training, HSR’s can request that they attend HSR 1 day Refresher training. This course is also provided by Margaret’s friendly team of WorkCover NSW and RTO Accredited trainers.

Low Voltage Rescue and CPR – Work Health and Safety Legislation

Posted on: January 17, 2013 by Margaret

Work Health and Safety 2011, Legislation information related to Electrical Work

The below information has been extracted from the identified legislation in relation to Electrical Work

 Work health and safety changes will come into effect during 2012. These changes will introduce a common approach to the regulation of work health and safety and ensure there is a shared reference to requirements for electrical safety in the workplace.

 QLD Electrical Safety Act, Code of Practice 2002– amended  May 2011  

 11 Requirements for electrical work

(1) An employer or self-employed person must ensure that, unless the circumstances required under this division for the performance of live work apply, live work is not performed.

Electrical Safety Regulation 2002 – amended May 2011. Part 2 Electrical work

States – that an electrician working on equipment which is LIVE or has the potential to be accidentally energised shall have a safety observer


Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011- under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

 157 Electrical work on energised electrical equipment—when permitted

(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work on energised electrical equipment is not carried out unless:

(a) it is necessary in the interests of health and safety that the electrical work is carried out on the equipment while the equipment is energised, or

Example. It may be necessary that life-saving equipment remain energised and operating while electrical work is carried out on the equipment.

(b) it is necessary that the electrical equipment to be worked on is energised in order for the work to be carried out properly, or

(c) it is necessary for the purposes of testing required under clause 155, or

(d) there is no reasonable alternative means of carrying out the work.

Maximum penalty: for non compliance

(a) in the case of an individual—$6,000, or

(b) in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.

(2) The electrical work that may be carried out under subclause (1) (a), (b) and (d) may include testing of the energised electrical equipment.

A safety observer is required by legislation in certain circumstances – see below additional information

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011- under theWork Health and Safety Act 2011

 161 How the work is to be carried out

(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work on energised electrical equipment is carried out:

(c) subject to subclause (5), with a safety observer present who has the competence and qualifications specified in subclause (4).

(4) For the purposes of subclause (1) (c):

(a) the safety observer must be competent:

  • (i) to implement control measures in an emergency, and
  • (ii) to rescue the worker who is carrying out the work, if necessary, and

(b) the safety observer must have been assessed in the previous 12 months as competent to rescue and resuscitate a person.



7.3 Carrying out energised electrical work

A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that electrical work carried out on energised electrical equipment is carried out:

by a competent person who has tools, testing equipment and PPE that are suitable for the work, have been properly tested and are maintained in good working order

in accordance with a safe work method statement prepared for the work, and

subject to the exception explained below—with a safety observer present.

They MUST be  competent:

to implement the control measures in an emergency

to rescue the worker who is carrying out the work if necessary,

and has been assessed in the previous 12 months as competent to rescue and resuscitate a person.

A safety observer is not required if the work consists only of testing and the risk assessment shows there is no serious risk associated with the proposed work.


A competent safety observer must be present when work is carried out on energised electrical equipment, unless the work consists only of testing and a risk assessment shows that there is no serious risk associated with the proposed work.

The role of the safety observer should be clearly communicated and understood.

The safety observer should:

  • not carry out any other work or function that compromises their role, for example they should not be required to observe more than one task at a time
  •  not be situated in the work basket of the elevating work platform from which the electrical work is being carried out
  • be able to communicate quickly and effectively with the electrical worker(s) carrying out the work. Specialist equipment may be necessary if there is a barrier to communication
  • not have any known temporary or permanent disabilities that would adversely affect their role and performance.

M Lewis OHS and First Aid Training,  hopes that you find these extracts from the current legislation to be informative.

Please refer directly to the WHS Act, Regulations and Electrical Risks code of practice to confirm or clarify this supplied information.



Posted on: December 17, 2012 by Margaret

Perform Rescue from a live Low Voltage Panel UETTDRRFO6B  and

Perform CPR HLTAID001

Group, onsite training – call now for a quote – 0414 515577

These combined units cover the skills and knowledge required to rescue a person in contact with LV live electrical conductors and equipment AND the skills and knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council ( ARC ) guidelines until the arrival of medical or other assistance.

This combined course also fulfills the requirement to have a trained LVR Observer for all live electrical work or equipment that has the potential to become live under the new Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

New LVR course

Posted on: July 21, 2013 by Margaret

On the 17th July, 2013 the Low Voltage Rescue 39253 QLD ceased to be available for training delivery.

The new course is called

Perform Rescue from a Live LV Panel – UETTDRRF06B

This new course is delivered by Margaret to all electrical workers who are working on Live LV panels, equipment or components OR any electrical worker who may come into contact with live LV as part of their work.

Training as an LV Rescue Safety Observer is required every 12 months in NSW. The new Perform Rescue from a Live LV Panel – UETTDRRF06B qualification will become the training course requirement.