This unit of competency is required by persons who are required to enter a confined space, as defined by the Australian Standard AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces, or its authorised update or replacement.
This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required for safe entry to confined spaces under a work permit and for maintaining safety while working in the confined space. The term work permit (or permit ) includes all written authorities as defined by AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces. It applies to persons required to enter confined spaces for any purpose, including maintenance, cleaning, inspection or other reasons.
Work in/entry to confined spaces shall conform to relevant legislation and AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces, or its authorised update or replacement.
AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces defines a confined space as:
'An enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not intended or designed primarily for human occupancy, within which there is a risk of one or more of the following:
(a) An oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range.
(b) A concentration of airborne contaminant that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation.
(c) A concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion.
(d) Engulfment in a stored free-flowing solid or a rising level of liquid that may cause suffocation or drowning.'
Entry to a confined space is defined by AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces as: 'when a person's head or upper body is within the boundary of the confined space .
NOTE: Inserting an arm for the purpose of atmospheric testing is not considered as entry to a confined space.'
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
On completion of the course, participants will have gained the following skills and knowledge to:
Assess confined space for entry
Confirm purpose of the required entry
Check documented risk assessment
Identify hazards within/around entry to confined space
Use safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)
Monitor atmosphere within the confined space as required by the permit
Identify, confirm and apply the environmental protection requirements
Ensure that the atmosphere is tested and monitored for harmful elements
Correctly apply tagging and lock-out procedures
Maintain ongoing communication with the stand-by person
Comply with entry permit requirements
Take appropriate action if there is a risk/work environment
Conclude confined space operations in accordance with procedures
Complete required documentation
Report any issues
Recover, clean, service and store equipment
On successful completion learners will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
Cancellations within 48 hours may incur a 20% cancellation fee, no refund is given for non-attendance or cancellation on the day of the training. Where ECB Training Services receives sufficient notice of cancellation (at least 48 hours), a refund is available.