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MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus – refresher

This 1 day course provides students with a comprehensive refresher on the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere.

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

This is a refresher course which covers the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, as defined by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.

Duration: 1 Day (6 hours)

Student/Trainer Ratio: 10:1

Course Objectives and Content

  • Legislative requirements
  • Hazards
  • Communication
  • Work instructions and safe operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Determine available working time in breathing apparatus
  • Conduct pre-donning checks and tests on breathing apparatus
  • Operate breathing apparatus
  • Conclude operations in accordance with procedures including cleaning and make ready for operational use
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Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of Attainment in:

MSMWHS216 Operate Breathing Apparatus

Additional course information

Prerequisites & entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course.
Participants must be clean shaven. No facial hair can be present to participate in this 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 refresher course is aimed at persons who already hold the unit of competency MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus and are required to wear breathing apparatus because they are working:

  • in a confined space
  • with hazardous gases/vapours
  • in an oxygen deficient atmosphere
  • in other situations, requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.

Participants may also be required to wear breathing apparatus in emergency situations; however, this is not the prime focus of this unit.
It is recommended that participants have year 10 level reading and writing capabilities.

Can overseas visitors complete this training course?

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing training@heightsafety.net. Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer is not offered for this course as it is refresher course only.

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 also 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.

MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus – refresher FAQs

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 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.

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 MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus – refresher 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.