This unit covers the competency required to select, don, operate and maintain breathing apparatus equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


PUAFIR215 - Prevent injury


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - implement emergency procedures; - inspect, don, operate, remove, clean and maintain breathing apparatus, and; - return breathing apparatus to operational status. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - characteristics, component parts, operation of compressed air breathing apparatus; - operating breathing apparatus; - operational testing, standard operating procedures and safe work practices when wearing breathing apparatus; - organisational entrapment procedures; - personal protective equipment; - relevant Australian Standards (AS); - respiratory system, effects of irrespirable atmospheres on the body and how breathing apparatus supports personal protection; - types of irrespirable atmospheres (heated, smoke or other suspended particles); - use of procedures, personal lines and tallies; - use of the Distress Signal Unit, and; - use of the breathing apparatus control equipment.

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