Operate Breathing Apparatus
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 Australian Standards.
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.
This competency applies to operators who are required to wear breathing apparatus for part of their job – because they are working in a confined space, with hazardous gases/vapours, in an oxygen deficient atmosphere or for other applications requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.
Course Duration: 8 hours
This course covers the following
- Purpose of Breathing Apparatus
- Requirements of the wearer
- Set construction
- Irrespirable atmosphere
- Set’s duration
- Wearer safety
- Donning and starting procedures
- After use maintenance
There are no pre-requisites associated with MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus.
NOTE: Participants must be clean shaven. The unit of competency demands that students “Don the apparatus in accordance with workplace procedures and the manufacturer’s specifications.” The manufacturer’s specifications state: “The sealing line between head and face piece must be free of hair and foreign substances which could cause leakages”. Furthermore, AS 1715 requires users to be clean shaven.