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.
This unit of competency applies to operators who are required to wear breathing apparatus because they are working:
in a confined space
with hazardous gases/vapours
in an oxygen deficient atmosphere
in other situations requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.
Operators may also be required to wear breathing apparatus in emergency situations, however, this is not the prime focus of this unit.
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:
Conduct pre-donning checks and tests on breathing apparatus
Inspection of apparatus for immediate use in accordance with procedures
Report/record faulty or damaged equipment in accordance with procedures
Operate breathing apparatus
Identify, monitor and control hazards
Establish and maintain communication with appropriate personnel throughout the activity
Use breathing apparatus in accordance with procedures
Return to respirable atmosphere as required
Implement entrapment procedures in accordance with procedures
Maintain personal safety at all times
Conclude operations in accordance with procedures
Close down breathing apparatus set
Removal of breathing apparatus set
Undertake after use cleaning and maintenance
Make equipment ready for operational use4
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.