Operate Breathing Apparatus Training Online (Refresher: MSMWHS216)
Welcome to the Operate Breathing Apparatus Verification of Competency Training. This course will give you an understanding of the hazards associated with confined spaces, and the processes and equipment you should use to keep safe when entering and working in those spaces.
NOTE: this training is suitable as refresher if you have previously obtained a Unit of Competency in any of these qualifications:
- MSMWHS216 Operate Breathing Apparatus
- RIIWHS202D Enter and work in a confined space
This training addresses the theoretical component of how to operate a breathing apparatus. It does not give you the initial practical skills required to enter a confined safely.
THIS IS NOT A NATIONALLY RECOGNISED COURSE - ONLY TO BE USED FOR REFRESHER PURPOSES IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY ACHIEVED A STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT.
To be deemed competent and receive a Statement of Attainment, you must complete an in-person training session an accredited trainer with a registered training organisation.
This refresher covers the knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere. It is based on the unit of competency for MSMWHS216. The recommendations have been defined by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009. This standard relates to the Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment. It is recommended that refresher training be conducted every 12 months.
This refresher course applies to those 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.
You must have previously completed the initial face to face course less than 3 years ago and/or maintained regular refresher training sessions.
Operators may also be required to wear breathing apparatus in emergency situations, however, this is not the prime focus of this online refresher course.
This course has been reviewed by a recognised subject matter expert.
It has been designed to comply with best practice national health and safety standards. Terminology has been chosen for clarity and ease of comprehension across jurisdictions. For example, ‘employer’ has been used to signify the broader term ‘PCBU’, while ‘WHS’ represents both work and occupational health and safety.
Activities and quizzes appear throughout the course and are part of your assessment. They must be successfully completed to complete the course.
A Certificate of Completion is issued on successful completion of the course and you are required to get an 80% pass mark to be deemed as understanding the content. It is recommended that training is conducted every year to stay refreshed.