Unit of competency details

MSMPER205 - Enter confined space (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER205C - Enter confined spaceSupersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER205C Enter confined space 01/Jun/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 12/Jan/2017
(View details for release 1) 02/Jun/2016

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 2. Adjustment to Assessment Requirements to meet industry requirements. Equivalent outcomes.

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER205C Enter confined space


This unit of competency is required by persons who are required to enter a confined space, as defined by the Australian Standard AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces, or its authorised update or replacement.

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required for safe entry to confined spaces under a work permit and for maintaining safety while working in the confined space. The term ‘work permit’ (or ‘permit’) includes all written authorities as defined by AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces. It applies to persons required to enter confined spaces for any purpose, including maintenance, cleaning, inspection or other reasons.

Work in/entry to confined spaces shall conform to relevant legislation and AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces, or its authorised update or replacement.

AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces defines a confined space as:

'An enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not intended or designed primarily for human occupancy, within which there is a risk of one or more of the following:

(a) An oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range.

(b) A concentration of airborne contaminant that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation.

(c) A concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion.

(d) Engulfment in a stored free-flowing solid or a rising level of liquid that may cause suffocation or drowning.'

Entry to a confined space is defined by AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces as: 'when a person's head or upper body is within the boundary of the confined space’.

NOTE:  Inserting an arm for the purpose of atmospheric testing is not considered as entry to a confined space.'

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Work in accordance with an issued permit

Competency Field

Work control systems

Unit Sector

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element


Assess confined space for entry


Confirm the purpose of the required entry


Check the documented risk assessment associated with the entry to the confined space


Identify and assess hazards within/around the confined space


Identify hazard controls and check they are functional and appropriate.


Check the incident/emergency response plan is appropriate to the job


Rehearse own role in an incident/emergency response


Confirm and verify that the conditions of the permit reflect the risk assessment


Ensure the confined space is ready for entry


Use safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)


Secure the worksite


Select, fit and wear designated PPE


Select, test and use required instruments and monitors


Challenge test atmosphere/atmospheric monitoring instrument if required before entry


Confirm test/monitoring results show entry is safe


Work in accordance with confined space requirements


Enter confined space safely


Work in compliance with permit requirements


Arrange re-authorisation/reissue of permits as required


Complete confined space working documentation


Maintain communications with all relevant personnel


Monitor atmosphere within the confined space as required by the permit


Monitor environment around the confined space for relevant changes


Take appropriate action if there is a change in risk/work environment


Conclude confined space operations in accordance with procedures


Recover, clean, service and store equipment


Complete required final documentation


Report any issues

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Regulatory framework 

The latest version of all legislation, regulations, industry codes of practice and Australian/international standards, or the version specified by the local regulatory authority, must be used, and include one or more of the following:

  • legislative requirements, including work health and safety (WHS)
  • industry codes of practice and guidelines
  • environmental regulations and guidelines
  • Australian and other standards
  • licence and certification requirements
  • AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces

All operations to which this unit applies are subject to stringent health, safety and environment (HSE) requirements, which may be imposed through state/territory or federal legislation, and these must not be compromised at any time. Where there is an apparent conflict between performance criteria and HSE requirements, the HSE requirements take precedence.


All operations must be performed in accordance with relevant procedures.

Procedures are written, verbal, visual, computer-based or in some other form, and include one or more of the following:

  • permit to work system
  • emergency procedures
  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • temporary instructions
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant

Confined space permit 

The confined space permit must meet the requirements of AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces, its authorised replacement or other appropriate standard.

Conditions of the permit include:

  • hazard controls
  • PPE
  • instruments and monitors to be used
  • re-authorisation/reissue requirements
  • other specifications for the work

Ready for entry 

Checking the confined space is ready for entry includes checking:

  • isolations are complete and appropriate
  • isolation complies with regulations, standards and procedures
  • atmosphere is safe (or if necessary relevant measures are in place to ensure safe entry into an unsafe atmosphere)
  • safe entry and exit methods are in place
  • other items to ensure compliance with procedures, permits, relevant legislation and AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces.

Where the confined space is not ready for entry appropriate steps must be taken, including reporting deficiencies and/or refusing to enter the space.

Secure worksite 

Securing the worksite includes selecting and erecting/deploying one or more of the following:

  • signs
  • barriers
  • other requirements as defined in the confined space entry permit requirements, AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces and other relevant requirements

Tools and equipment 

Tools and equipment include one or more of the following:

  • instruments and monitors:
  • instruments used for pre-entry testing appropriate to the hazards
  • continuous monitors appropriate for the hazards
  • other devices used to test the confined space atmosphere
  • PPE, such as:
  • eye protection
  • ear protection
  • gloves
  • clothing
  • respiratory protection
  • helmets
  • safety footwear
  • lifelines and harnesses
  • personal monitors and alarms
  • other relevant PPE
  • communication equipment
  • voice/visual contact
  • lifeline communication
  • radio communication
  • other relevant communication aids

Re-authorisation /reissue of permits 

Requirements for re-authorisation/reissue of permits are required by one or more of the following situations:

  • there is any change to work scope or method
  • the work situation/workplace conditions changes
  • there are deviations from permit conditions
  • there is a gap in work continuity
  • other site rules require it

Working documentation 

Working documentation includes one or more of the following:

  • entry/exit/re-entry logs
  • other documentation required by AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces (e.g. Section 2.9)
  • other documentation required by the permit
  • other documentation required by the site

Appropriate action if there is a change in risk 

Where there is a change in risk/work environment appropriate action includes one or more of the following:

  • seeking revalidation of the permit
  • evacuating the confined space
  • instigating/undertaking testing
  • raising the alarm
  • initiating the emergency/incident response plan
  • other relevant action defined in permit conditions or site procedures

Final documentation 

Final documentation includes one or more of the following:

  • signing-off of permit
  • documentation related to equipment used
  • other required records

Reporting of issues 

Reporting of issues includes:

  • feedback about the work and methods of improving the work process
  • signs and symptoms of operational stress
  • equipment malfunctions
  • wear and tear of equipment and tools
  • condition of safety/rescue equipment
  • observations about the condition of the confined space
  • other issues that might arise


Hazards include one or more of the following:

  • heat, smoke, dust or other atmospheric hazards
  • sharp edges, protrusions or obstructions
  • limited head spaces or overhangs
  • equipment or product mass
  • slippery surfaces, spills or leaks
  • noise, rotational equipment or vibration
  • high/low oxygen content
  • hazardous atmospheres (e.g. combustible and toxic)
  • entrapment
  • engulfment
  • heat stress
  • claustrophobia
  • external hazards that may impact on the safety of those working in the confined space (e.g. exhaust fume or other hazardous vapours being drawn into the confined space by ventilation fans)
  • other hazards as identified in AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces
  • electricity
  • gases and liquids under pressure
  • structural hazards/collapse
  • equipment failures
  • industrial (machinery, equipment and product)
  • equipment or product mass
  • working where there is a reasonable risk of a fall
  • flammability and explosivity
  • unauthorised personnel
  • extreme weather
  • other hazards that might arise

Unit Mapping Information

Release 2. Adjustment to Assessment Requirements to meet industry requirements. Equivalent outcomes.

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER205C Enter confined space


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=d1287d36-dff4-4e9f-ad2c-9d6270054027


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 2. Adjustment to Assessment Requirements to meet industry requirements. Equivalent outcomes.

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMPER205C Enter confined space

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify hazards and apply relevant hazard controls
  • undertake all checks and preparation in accordance with permit conditions and site procedures
  • check that hazard controls are in place and operational
  • confirm the permit conditions reflect risk assessment and confined space is ready for entry
  • enter the confined space and carry out actions specified in the permit/standard procedures, including all safety procedures
  • monitor the conditions of work under the permit
  • interpret and respond to gas test/monitoring results
  • initiate incident/emergency response plan
  • select, use and maintain equipment, including:
  • instruments and monitors
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • use communication equipment and processes applicable to confined space work
  • communicate effectively with team/work group and other personnel in the language of the workplace
  • complete required workplace forms.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • organisation procedures, including:
  • work permit systems
  • safety, emergency and hazard controls
  • incident response
  • hazards that may arise in relation to the confined space, including:
  • their possible causes
  • potential consequences
  • appropriate risk controls
  • communication protocols relevant to confined space requirements
  • tests relevant to confined space entry and the interpretation of test results, including at least one (1) of:
  • atmospheric/oxygen/breathability
  • flammability/explosivity
  • toxicity
  • temperature
  • humidity.

Assessment Conditions

  • Competency must be achieved before performing this work unsupervised. Therefore this unit will typically be assessed off the job. Where assessment is undertaken on the job appropriate supervision and safety precautions must be provided.
  • It is appropriate to train and assess the prerequisite unit MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit concurrently. It may also be appropriate to cluster other related units and deliver and assess concurrently.
  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence shall be based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • The collection of performance evidence will require a ‘practical assessment’ which:
  • requires entry, compliant with Section 3.4.29 of AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces, on more than one occasion into confined spaces which are reasonable facsimiles of an industrial confined space
  • requires the conduct of a simple task (‘work’), while within each confined space
  • requires the entry to be under a confined space entry permit, the permitting system and the permit itself to be reasonable facsimiles of industrial permits and systems
  • requires the person to undertake all checks and complete all documentation that is required for the confined space entry.
  • The confined space used should be a reasonable facsimile of an industrial confined space. The use of breathing apparatus and black out goggles is not required for this unit.
  • Assessment must sufficiently reflect realistic operational workplace conditions that cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
  • The regulatory framework will be reflected in workplace policies and procedures and is not required to be independently assessed.
  • Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 assessor requirements.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=d1287d36-dff4-4e9f-ad2c-9d6270054027