The purpose of ERGT Australia’s Undertake Confined Space Rescue (UCSR) course is to provide personnel with the skills and knowledge to work as a member of an Emergency Response Team and who are required to conduct a rescue from a confined space. These workplaces of these trainees could include onshore and offshore locations (potentially isolated from external emergency services), and where work is undertaken that requires entry to confined spaces.
The individuals attending the course could be both new and experienced workers and hold varying levels of responsibility from team member to team leader.
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The expected learning outcomes for this Nationally Recognised Training unit PUASAR025A Undertake confined space rescue are:
- Prepare for confined space rescue operation
- Assess and manage confined space/trench rescue
- Determine location and condition of casualties
- Gain entry to confined space
- Remove casualties
- Conclude rescue operations
Training Standard Pre-requisites
The following pre-requisites apply to fire sector specific participants, but do not apply to oil and gas emergency response team participants. This advice is contained in PUA Public Safety Training Package page 114 issued in June 2018.
PUASAR022A Participate in a rescue operation
PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
ERGT Required Skills and Knowledge
In order for ERGT to deliver the training and assessment in the timeframe specified for this course, trainees are required to come to the course with a specific range of skills and knowledge listed below.
MSMPER205 Enter confined space OR equivalent
MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus OR equivalent
ERGT Desired Skills and Knowledge
In order for ERGT to deliver the training and assessment in the timeframe specified for this course, it is desirable (but not mandatory) that trainees come to the course with a specific range of skills and knowledge as listed:
- operate atmospheric monitoring equipment
- operation of isolation systems
- operate self-contained breathing apparatus and/or airline equipment
- purging and ventilation in accordance with national standards
- Australian Standard (AS) 2865-2009 Confined Spaces
- lock, tag out and isolation procedures
- organisational procedures for cleaning and discarding equipment in terms of environmental management and sustainability
- potential occupational hazards and control measures
- procedures for atmospheric monitoring
- selection, use and maintenance of respiratory devices
Medical and Health Standards
A health questionnaire and declaration of fitness will be required at course registration. Please contact ERGT for any concerns regarding completion of practical training and assessment requirements and to discuss options for reasonable adjustments.
Government-issued photo identification and a valid USI are required for course registration.
Please read the AS/NZS 1715 Appendix B: Facial Seal of Respirators. You will not be able to meet competency if you do not comply with the requirements fo the standard. Please contact ERGT if you require further clarification.
Structure & Assessment
This course is delivered through classroom presentations, activities and participant discussion as well as practical components within a simulated workplace environment using specialised equipment. This specialised equipment includes Spine Boards, Roll Up Stretchers and Breathing Apparatus sets. Practical activities include such as simulate call-out practical activities based on the rehearsed rescue plans using simulated confined space vessels, as well as conduct a rescue plan rehearsals for different simulated confined spaces. Trainees will demonstrate their competence through direct observation, written assessment and practical exercises.
In alignment with industry expectations and to ensure ongoing competence and capability ERGT recommends skills maintenance be conducted every 2 years.
Authority / Regulator
Nationally Recognised Training is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.