This course set is designed for new and experienced personnel required to work in confined spaces; undertake atmospheric gas testing; conduct a hazard analysis; and issue work permits in the resources and infrastructure industries at an operational level. Many roles require confined space training and this associated skillset including safety, injury prevention and maintenance personnel, engineers, risk managers, mine managers, cable installers and transport personnel and safety observers/ stand-by personnel.
This course set also applies to individuals who are working alone or as part of a team to conduct a hazard analysis which may be required under a safety case, by organisation procedures or simply as being good practice. It will provide individuals with the skills and knowledge required to conduct a hazard analysis.
Additionally, this course set applies to individuals who require understanding of the permit system and the limitations of each permit and making decisions regarding the need for and correct use of each permit. This unit includes the issue of any and all permits. Permits are called ‘clearances’ by some organisations.
Finally, this course set is for those individuals who may be required to carry out gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace. These working environments may be hazardous, unpredictable, subject to time pressure, chaotic and expose responders to risk, on land or water, by day or night. It covers the skills and knowledge required to test the working atmosphere using electronic test apparatus, to find out if it is safe for the proposed work, interpret readings and take actions based on the interpretation.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
An individual undertaking this course will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry:
To successfully complete MSMPER300 Issue work permits, a student must hold the pre-requisite unit MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis
Psychological* and physical capability to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstrations for this course, such as the undertaking of the requirements to safely enter, work in and exit a confined space wearing appropriate PPE. This may involve climbing up, down, through or under structures or confined spaces, being temporarily suspended, wearing harnesses and other relevant PPE, dragging and lifting in confined and restricted environments in dark, low light or smoke-filled areas.
Protective footwear/safety shoes and comfortable/practical clothing must be provided by the student and worn during the practical sessions and assessment
Language, literacy and numeracy requirements - students must be able to read and correctly interpret required documentation relevant to the confined space entry, speak clearly and unambiguously in English, explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues as well as understand the permit requirements. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms and producing any required reports. Numeracy is required to the level of being able to correctly differentiate between high and low pressures and temperatures, voltages or masses and interpret gas test/monitoring results.
*Safe Work Australia notes “Working in a confined space may impose physiological and psychological demands over and above those encountered in a normal working environment. Consideration should be given to a worker’s:
ability to work in a restrictive space (for example claustrophobia) and ability to wear the PPE required to do the work (for example respirators).”
Code of Practice - Confined Spaces, December 2011
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
- Perform a horizontal and a vertical entry into a confined space
- Complete a hazard analysis:
- Prepare for the hazard analysis
- Identify hazard
- Assess risks
- Control risks
- Review controls
- Identify and raise the type of work permit required
- Issue the permit and prepare for work
- Receive end of day report and close the work permit
- Use atmospheric monitoring devices prior to entering the confined space
Test for one or more of: atmospheric (including explosivity), flammability, toxicity, temperature, humidity, combustibles, electricity or stored pressure/energy
Interpret readings and take required action
Maintain testing and monitoring equipment
Ensure correct preparation of the worksite including at least one of:
mechanical, electrical or other energy sources and process isolations
de-energising all sources of energy/pressure
purging of plant
ventilation of plant
lockout/ tag out procedures
blinding/ blanking lines
other hazard controls
- Monitor work for compliance and respond appropriately to changing conditions and circumstances
- Identify and act on incidences of non-compliance and report promptly to relevant personnel
- Withdraw/cancel permit if conditions warrant it
- Receive an end-of-day status report
- Demonstrate concluding operation techniques
Documentation – The student must complete all documentation according to the required standard:
- Complete two Job Safety Environmental Analysis (JSEA)/ Safe Work Methods Statement (SWMS) forms
- Apply for and obtain a Confined space entry permit for both scenarios – horizontal and vertical entry
- Recording result for testing of atmosphere
- Close a work permit
Theory assessment - A written assessment consisting of short-answer and multiple-choice questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.