This course has been designed for individuals who work alone or as part of a team as an operator required to wear breathing apparatus in their work role. This might be because they are working in a confined space, with hazardous gases/vapours, or in an oxygen deficient atmosphere.
It covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct pre-donning checks and tests on breathing apparatus, operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, and conclude operations as defined by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.
Concluding operations will include correctly closing down, removing and cleaning the breathing apparatus and reporting faults and/or damage to breathing apparatus.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
As a minimum, entrants to this course must have:
Participants must be clean shaven to attend the course. The unit of competency states that participants “Don the apparatus in accordance with workplace procedures and the manufacturer’s specifications.” The manufacturer’s specifications state: “The sealing line between head and facepiece must be free of hair and foreign substances which could cause leakages”.
The literacy and numeracy competencies to be able to read testing equipment and determine the available working time from a breathing apparatus set
The physical capability to wear and work in a breathing apparatus and associated equipment in a range of conditions.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
Assessments conducted during face-to-face training session(s) include:
- Demonstrate pre-donning checks, tests procedures and fault reporting
- Demonstrate concluding operation techniques
- Label components of breathing apparatus
- Confined space work
- Rescue operation
Documentation – Completion of an Equipment Fault log.
Theory assessment – A written assessment consisting of short answer and multiple-choice questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.