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Enter and work in a confined space (refresher) with breathing apparatus

This 1 day course provides a comprehensive refresher on 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 supervise 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.

It is vitally important that skills are kept up to date and knowledge is retained through refresher courses such as this one. 

About this course

The aim of this refresher 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.

Duration: 1 Day (8 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

RIIRIS201D – Conduct local risk control

RIIWHS202D – Enter and work in confined spaces

MSMWHS216 – Operate breathing apparatus

Additional course information

Prerequisites & entry requirements

This is a refresher course for participants who already hold the below units of competency. It is expected that a participant will have held the qualifications for a minimum of 12 months and no more than 3 years.
Participants must be able to present the Statement of Attainment for verification prior to course commencement. Please email your Statement of Attainment to training@heightsafety.net upon successful enrolment. Participants who cannot present evidence of previously held qualifications will not be able to participate in the course and will need to complete the initial 2 day course.
All students must be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia and provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for any persons who are required to perform any work or tasks where there is a requirement to enter and work in a confined space. This may include anyone from entry level to senior management. It is recommended that participants have year 10 level reading and writing capabilities. It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. One requirement of the training package is that you are to be assessed as physically capable of working in confined spaces in a range of simulated and real locations. Students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued a Statement of Attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Recognition of prior learning

Upon enrolment, you may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer. You may email a copy of certificates related to prior learning to training@heightsafety.net. Based on that evidence the course may be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be met in order to demonstrate current skills. The outcome of your application will be notified to you in writing within 14 days of initial application.

Learner support

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Course fees

For more information and an obligation free quote please call our office on 1300 884 978. Group discounts may apply. Please also refer to the Payment Terms and Conditions available on our website and in the Student Handbook.

What do I bring?

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

Where can I train?

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators.

Enter and work in a confined space (refresher) 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, Enter and Work in a Confined Space (Refresher) 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.

Many other course providers don’t include the MSMWHS217 gas test atmospheres unit in a comparable confined space course and require the unit to be completed separately or as part of a longer course.

With our course, workers can get trained quickly and efficiently on how to use an electronic gas testing equipment which is an important tool used when working in a confined space.

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.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is suitable for anyone who is required to perform any work or task where there is a need to enter and work in a confined space. This includes workers from entry level to senior management.

Some of the most common industries which require workers to complete this course include:

  • Water and sewerage
  • Oil and gas
  • Construction, including electricians, builders and plumbers
  • Mining
  • Transport and storage
Does this certification ever expire?

This refresher course has no designated ‘expiry date’ once a statement of attainment has been received. However, additional 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.

Ready to enrol your team in our Enter and work in a confined space (refresher) 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.