This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work in confined space. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.
This nationally recognised training course is designed for people who work in or around confined spaces. The course can be tailored to suit the practical scenarios relevant to your company’s operations. While there is a standard set of learning outcomes for the course, we understand that the context and environment in which the learning is applied is varied. It is designed to teach participants how to:
- Identify hazards
- Work safely within confined spaces according to an issued permit
- Operate various confined space safety equipment.
What is a confined space?
A confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:
- is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person; and
- is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
- is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
- an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level, or
- contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury from
fire or explosion, or
- harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants, or engulfment.
A confined space is determined by the hazards associated with a set of specific circumstances and not just because work is performed in a small space.
How long does a confined space course take?
The course duration is 8 hours (including 6 hours of training):
- 2 hours of supervised theory instruction
- 1 hours of supervised practical instruction (simulated workplace)
- 1 hour theory assessment (written test)
- 1 hour practical assessment