22325VIC Course in Workplace Spotting for Service Assets
This course will enable participants to clearly understand the role of the Spotter as the safety observer to warn mobile plant operators and crane drivers in the proximity of powerlines, overhead and underground assets including communications, water, sewerage and power. This course is recognised by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and the Victorian WorkSafe Authority, as meeting the requirements for spotting near overhead and underground assets.
Course content includes –
Planning for safe practices as a spotter –
- Roles and responsibilities of spotter
- Applicable OHS and Electrical Safety Legislation
- Component parts of electrical distribution systems
- Hazard identification and risk assessments
- Operational specifications of plant and equipment
- Locating service assets and related stakeholders
- Site plans, documentation and permits
- “No Go Zone” clearance distances
Preparing for spotter duties –
- Personal protective equipment requirements
- Communication equipment requirements
- Identifying service assets
- Effect of service assts assessed
- Emergency equipment and emergency procedures
- Limits of approach to overhead and underground assets
Performing spotter duties –
- Measuring equipment and techniques to calculate distances
- Effects of swag and sway on overhead assets and depths of underground services
- Communication equipment and signalling methods
- Communicating clearance distances to plant operators
- Spotting for the entry of plant and equipment into the “No Go Zones”
- Emergency procedures in the event of an incident
- First aid procedures in the event of an injury or incident
Completing and reviewing spotter duties –
- Appropriate personnel clearly communicated with at completion
- Tools and equipment, including PPE, checked, cleaned and stored
- Relevant worksite records and completed
- Spotters duties reviewed and improvements identified and communicated to supervisor
Credit Transfer :
Where applicants already hold a current first aid and CPR certificate, applicants may apply for a credit transfer on the first aid and CPR component of the course. This will require students to only attend the course for 1 day.
We offer a credit transfer for applicants who can provide either:
- An original (or copy of) a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID003 Provide first aid issued within the last 12 months; or
- An original (or copy of) a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID003 Provide first aid issued within the last 3 years and an original (or copy of) a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation issued within the last 12 months
Energy Safe Victoria Requirements to act as a spotter
- Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- Applicants who meet the first aid unit credit transfer requirements will only need to attend the one-day spotters course.
Only applicants who are registered as an Electrical Spotter with EnergySafe Victoria may perform spotting work.
To be registered, applicants will also require at least one of the following:
- To qualify to spot an item of plant where no High Risk Licence class applies (excavator, front end loader, scissor lift, etc.), applicants must provide Proof of Competency (such as a Plant Operator Card or Statement of Attainment) on that specific piece of plant.
- To qualify to spot an item of plant where a High Risk Licence class applies (forklift, slewing mobile crane, elevated work platform (boom length over 11m, etc.), applicants must provide a current Licence to Perform High Risk Work on that specific piece of plant.
- To qualify to spot for tip trucks, applicants must provide a Light Rigid class Heavy Vehicle Licence or greater, or Haul Truck Proof of Competency.
- To qualify to spot on all items of plant, applicants must provide a current Licence to Perform High Risk Work for Dogging or Rigging.
Face to face delivery. The course involves a theory and practical assessment.
What to bring
- Government issued photo identification
- Unique Student Identifier (USI)
- Closed toe shoes
- Original and/or copies (front and back) of current first aid/CPR qualifications
- Originals and/or copies (front and back) of any plant tickets and/or High Risk Licence for the plant you wish to spot on.
After successfully completing the course, an electronic copy of a Statement of Attainment will be issued by Star Training and Assessing. A Spotters Registration Card which is valid for 3 years and will be sent out by EnergySafe Victoria (ESV) within approximately 3 weeks.
Note: To remain current, as per ESV requirements, after 3 years participants must complete a full Spotters course again, otherwise they will lose their registration to observe as a Spotter.