This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to test the working atmosphere, using electronic test apparatus, to find out if it is safe for the proposed work.
It applies to situations where an individual may be required to carry out gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace. The competency requires the person to interpret readings and take actions based on the interpretation.
Working environment may be hazardous, unpredictable, subject to time pressure, chaotic and expose responders to risk, on land or water, by day or night. Workplace atmospheres may include visible and invisible hazards and hazardous surfaces.
The unit is suitable for use in the following situations:
enclosed and partially enclosed spaces
storage tanks, silos, pits, pipes, shafts, ducts, transport vehicles and ships
testing as part of issuing a work permit
monitoring as part of working under a work permit
holding the gas tester by hand
lowering the gas tester into a space, e.g. on a line.
This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
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:
Prepare for gas testing
Find out type of gas/atmosphere to be tested
Select and calibrate equipment in accordance with procedures
Find out gas testing regime/sampling pattern required
Hazard identification from possible atmospheric contaminants
Hazard control measures and use of appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Test gas using gas testing equipment
Interpret and report readings
Monitor gas on an ongoing basis as required
Action if readings are unacceptable
Communicate required actions with appropriate personnel
Maintain equipment in accordance with procedures • Inspect and fault find monitoring equipment
Return gas testing equipment to required location and in required condition
Maintain records of tests and results
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.