This unit of competency 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.
On completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- How a breathing apparatus works
- Basic air consumption calculations
- Breathing apparatus/ long line description
- Donning and doffing procedures
- Work safely
- Equipment clean up
- Testing procedures
This course does not cover rescue (rescue component is in the two day Operate Open Circuit Breathing Apparatus course).
Students who attend and successfully meet all assessment requirements of the course will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment with the following unit of competency: MSMWHS216 – Operate breathing apparatus.
There is a maximum number of 10 participants per program.
To meet the course requirements, students must:
- Have sufficient English language, literacy and numeracy skills to read instructions and write assessments
- Provide their USI on enrolment
- Provide proof of identity, e.g. drivers licence
- Be physically fit and able to carry at least 20 kgs of weight
- Be clean shaven as per AS 1715
- Be able to manage feelings of claustrophobia
- Wear or bring long sleeve, long pants or overalls, safety boots, safety glasses, sun hat
- Must be able to climb ladders or stairs under load
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
Students are required to be able to complete the following tasks:
- communicate with others clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing
- find and use relevant information
- read and comply with work instructions and specifications
- read and record measurements
- record and report information neatly and legibly