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Confined space with breathing apparatus

This 2 day course covers comprehensive aspects of confined space safety, from entry and access to working within confined spaces, gas testing atmospheres and use of a breathing apparatus.

Working in and around confined spaces present a variety of workplace safety issues that need to be addressed in order to protect people from sustaining injuries or worse. 

This course is not only suited for workers but for those who will be supervising work being undertaken in and around confined and restricted spaces. Supervisor training provides skills and knowledge in the preparation of safe work procedures for confined space access as well as preparation of permits.

About this course

The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how to correctly work in and around confined spaces. Following training; students will be able to identify the hazards associated with work in and around a confined space.

Understanding of key legislation, duties of a standby person and understand the various categories of personal confined space entry and rescue equipment including their characteristics and limitations. Gas test atmospheres and working with permits is an integral part of this course. Students will also be required to carry out pre and post user inspections of all equipment. This course does train and assess competency in breathing apparatus.

Duration: 2 Days (16 hours)

Student/Trainer Ratio: 10:1

Course objectives and content

  • Understanding of confined space legislation and standards
  • Definition of a confined space
  • How to perform risk assessments and control measures
  • Confined space permits
  • Atmospheric monitoring
  • Confined space entry equipment – Tripods, Davits, RPD’s, Personal winches, Retrieval SRL’s, spreader bars and full body harnesses
  • Demonstrate confined space entry, work positioning and rescue techniques
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of Attainment in:

MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres
RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus

Confined space with breathing apparatus FAQs

Why should I choose HSE over another certification provider?

Most incidents and deaths in confined spaces are due to exposure to gas or poor air quality. Therefore, many employers want workers to have the skills required to carry out gas testing prior to entering a confined space.

At Height Safety Engineers, our nationally accredited, Confined Space with Breathing Apparatus course includes the MSMWHS217 gas test atmospheres unit. This allows workers to get trained in all the basics of working safely in confined spaces and also how to use electronic gas testing equipment in the one convenient course.

Additionally, our instructors are among the best in the industry. They bring over 100 years of combined experience in industry to every course they teach. We re-train all our instructors on a regular basis to ensure consistency and that they are continually improving.

What is the definition of a confined space?

According to Safe Work Australia, a confined space is determined by the hazards associated with the specific situation—not just because work is performed in a small space.

A confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • Is not designed or intended to be occupied by a person.
  • Is at normal atmospheric pressure—or is designed or intended to be at normal atmospheric pressure—while a person is in the space.
  • Is a risk to health and safety from:
    • an atmosphere that doesn’t have a safe oxygen level
    • contaminants like airborne gases, vapours and dusts that may cause injury from fire or explosion.
  • Has harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants.
  • Is at risk of engulfment.

Confined spaces are commonly found in vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, containers, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells, shafts, trenches, tunnels or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures, according to model WHS regulations.

A space may become a confined one if work carried out in it could generate harmful concentrations of airborne contaminants.

Does this certification ever expire?

This course has no designated ‘expiry date’ once a statement of attainment has been received. However, refresher courses are encouraged or sometimes required by individual employers.

Different employers will have different stipulations on how often confined space refresher courses are required. For example, a local council may require employees to complete a refresher course once a year, whereas a construction company may require it every three years.

What are the benefits of completing this course?

For workers:

  • Ability to readily identify risks and hazards for working in confined spaces and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to swiftly and competently handle emergency situations.
  • Receive skills which are transferable to many other industries and jobs.

For employers:

  • Increase the skill set of your employees, thereby adding value to your business.
  • Peace of mind that you are meeting legal obligations to keep employees safe under workplace health and safety regulations.
  • You’ll save money in the long run by avoiding worse case scenarios.

Ready to enrol your team in our Confined space with breathing apparatus course?

Simply click the button above. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1300 884 978, we’d be happy to provide you with any more information that you might need.