This course set is designed for the non-fire sector and is tailored to a learner cohort with current confined space, gas testing and breathing apparatus experience and assumes a certain level of competency.
This course set applies to individuals who may be required to participate in rescue operations in a wide variety of environmental situations such as industry, rural, bush and extreme environmental conditions including confined spaces, either as a member of a single organisation or as part of a team involving multiple organisations.
This course set will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to respond to emergency situations; determine what hazards may exist and control the risks; how to implement a rescue plan and extricate a casualty whilst minimising further injury to the casualty, self and others.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
An individual undertaking this course with Allens Training Pty Ltd will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry:
- Participants must be clean shaven, no facial hair that may affect facial seal
- Recommended to hold RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces and have experience working in and around confined spaces or similar
- 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 suspended, wearing harnesses and other relevant PPE, dragging and lifting in confined and restricted environments in dark, low light or smoke-filled areas. Participants will need sufficient physical ability to lift 15kg from ground to overhead and access heights above 2m.
- This training is very physical. You will be ascending ropes and hanging in harnesses for extended periods in order to conduct rescues. If you do not possess the fitness/ strength to climb towers, and other structures under your own strength, you will be unable to demonstrate the competence required for this program.
- Protective non-slip 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 and 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:
- physical ability;
- 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 p 14.
Please Note: There are no named pre-requisites for non-fire sector participants but after extensive industry engagement and consultation, these units have been determined as appropriate prerequisites:
- MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus or PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
- Current first aid certificate - HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
Prepare, perform and conclude three (3) rescues:
- one (1) vertical rescue
- two (2) confined space rescues - horizontal and vertical
- Extricate casualty whilst minimising further injury to casualty, self and others
- Use appropriate equipment, including rescue and PPE, and hygiene precautions to protect the casualty, self and others
- Identify situational and environmental hazards and apply risk mitigation and control measures
- Apply Work, Health and Safety (WHS) requirements and follow organisational policies and procedures
- Participate in briefings and debriefings
- Complete one (1) Incident Response form
Theory assessment – A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.