Unit of competency details

PUAFIR308B - Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident (Release 1)

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(View details for release 2) Current13/Mar/2013
1 (this release)Replaced 09/Feb/2011

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Training packages that include this unit

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RII09 - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 3.1-3.2 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PUA32006 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Military Engineering)Certificate III in Public Safety (Military Engineering) 
PUA31906 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Infantry Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Infantry Operations) 
PUA31606 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Artillery Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Artillery Operations) 
PUA31506 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Armoured Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Armoured Operations) 
PUA30713 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations) 1-2 
PUA30701 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations) 
PUA30613 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations) 1-2 
PUA30601 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations) 
DEF33212 - Certificate III in Military Land OperationsCertificate III in Military Land Operations 
DEF33112 - Certificate III in Military Land EngineeringCertificate III in Military Land Engineering 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
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  03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency required to select, don and safely operate the appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment at a fire and at an incident involving dangerous goods and hazardous substances.

"Hazardous Materials" is a generic term used to refer to an incident involving dangerous goods and hazardous substances.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite Unit /

PUAFIR201B Prevent injury

PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Select and don protective clothing 

1.1 Protective clothing  is selected and checked in accordance with identified hazards and the organisation's procedures 

1.2 Protective clothing is donned and tested, where required, in accordance with the organisation's safe work practices

2. Don and test protective equipment 

2.1 Protective equipment  is checked, donned and tested prior to entry into fire or hazardous atmosphere to ensure it is operational and meets the organisation's occupational health and safety guidelines

3. Work in area of operations 

3.1 Protective equipment is operated to minimise the risk of injury to the wearer and others from environmental health  hazards in accordance with the organisation's procedures

3.2 Activities undertaken by the wearer in the area of operations are in accordance with the organisation's safe work practices and occupational health and safety guidelines

4. Complete operations 

4.1 Decontamination procedures are undertaken, if required, upon leaving the area of operations in accordance with the organisation's procedures

4.2 Protective clothing and equipment are removed without damage and in accordance with safe work practices

4.3 Protective clothing and equipment are cleaned, maintained or serviced and stowed in accordance with the organisation's procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

don various types of protective clothing using agency procedures

work in protective clothing and equipment at incidents

test and maintain protective clothing

identify appropriate protective clothing for a range of hazardous materials

operate breathing apparatus

Required Knowledge 

protective clothing and equipment worn at dangerous goods and hazardous substances incidents

limitations of protective clothing

donning procedures for protective clothing

agency procedures

decontaminating protective clothing and equipment procedures

maintenance procedures for protective clothing and equipment

protective clothing and equipment selection procedures

main routes of entry of toxins into the human body

local and systemic effects of industrial toxins

use and limitations of exposure standards

purpose, component parts and operation of breathing apparatus

maintenance and testing procedures for breathing apparatus

safe working practices

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the selection, donning, operation and maintenance of protective clothing and equipment using safe working practices and agency procedures

Competency should be demonstrated in simulated environments before application on the job

Consistency in performance 

Evidence should be gathered over a period of time in a range of actual or simulated workplace environments

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency for this unit may be demonstrated through simulations, exercises and on the job activities. Verbal or written questions may be used to support the gathering of evidence

Specific resources for assessment 

For this unit access will be required to operational and cleaning equipment including the use of breathing apparatus

Guidance information for assessment 

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Personal protective clothing must include 

turnout uniform and gloves

chemical protective clothing, including splash suits and gas-tight suits

and may also include 

thermal protective clothing

limited use (disposable)

multi-use (reusable)

Sources for identifying protective clothing and equipment requirements must include 

Material Safety Data Sheets

Emergency Procedure Guide - Transport

electronic databases

technical specialists

relevant Australian standards, codes of practice

organisational procedures

and may also include 

emergency response guide books

HAZCHEM Emergency Action Code

HAZMAT Action Guide

Emergency Procedure Guide - Transport

electronic databases

technical specialists

Procedures may include 

organisational procedures

training manual procedures

OH&S guidelines

Sources of environmental health hazards in the workplace may include 

light; heat; cold

radiation; noise; vibration

postural restrictions

psychological stress

Testing procedures may include observance of 

organisation testing procedures

manufacturer's specifications

codes of practice

Protective equipment must include 

Breathing Apparatus

Distress Signal Units (DSU)

control boards

and may also include 

air lines

respirator

Operational procedures include 

organisational procedures

and may also include 

manufacturer's specifications

OH&S guidelines

codes of practice

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /

PUAFIR306B Render hazardous materials incidents safe

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