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One Day Confined Space Training Course

This nationally accredited course includes the MSMWHS217 gas test atmospheres unit

A confined space is among the most dangerous environments to work in. This is mainly due to risks associated with reduced access to oxygen but also reduced visibility and limited space for mobility. Examples of confined spaces include drainage pipes, crawl spaces and tanks.

It is critical that employees know how to operate within these spaces with caution and care. Employers are responsible for ensuring that every single employee has sufficient training in this area. Unfortunately in Australia there have been several recent confined space related fatalities, often due to inadequate worker training.

Our nationally accredited, One Day Confined Space course is designed to educate workers on how to effectively manage the risks associated with working in confined spaces.

This one day course covers both theory and practical aspects. Successful completion of this course will result in statements of attainment for:

  • RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
  • MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres

The course is hosted regularly in our state-of-the-art training facilities in Melbourne, Sydney and Dubbo.

A gas meter being calibrated prior to testing the atmosphere of a confiend space.

Hands on learning

We believe that the best way to learn is by doing, not just watching. Theory is important, but ‘death by PowerPoint’ type lectures make for poor learning outcomes. Students need to be active participants in order to retain the information they are being taught.

At Height Safety Engineers, we have invested heavily in ensuring that our training facilities are extremely practical. We have fantastic confined space set ups which include plenty of real life practice scenarios using multiple tunnels and chambers.

All our courses are highly interactive and our One Day Confined Space course is no exception. For theory components, we utilise large, interactive smart screens in the classroom to make the learning experience as engaging as possible.

One Day Confined Space Course 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, One Day Confined Space 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?

Our One Day Confined Space 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 in our One Day confined Space course?

Or 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.

NSW State Emergency Service volunteer practicing confined space entry.