This unit describes a participant's skills and knowledge required to enter and work in confined spaces in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles undertaking work in confined spaces.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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: - locates and applies relevant documentation, policies and procedures; - demonstrates completion of entering and working in confined spaces that safely, effectively and efficiently meets all of the required outcomes on more than one (1) occasion; - obtain appropriate entry permit and instructions for performing work in confined space; - interpreting and applying safe work method statements; - apply tagging and lock out; - selecting, wearing and caring for personal protective equipment applicable to all tasks and environment identified; - entering the confined space; - using atmospheric monitoring devices prior to entering the confined space; - working in the confined space; - using atmospheric monitoring devices during confined space activity; - applying safe materials handling methods; - exiting the confined space, and; - remove tagging and lock out.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - identifying areas that constitute confined spaces; - complying with site and equipment safety requirements; - complying with the entry and exit procedures, risks and regulations; - types of air contaminants and toxic gases; - identifying the limitations of breathing apparatus; - identifying equipment types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations; - complying with site isolation and site control responsibilities and authorities; - locations of safety data sheets (SDS) information and application, and; - using confined space and Industry terminology.

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