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Unit of competency details

RIIWHS202E - Enter and work in confined spaces (Release 2)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to RIIWHS202D - Enter and work in confined spaces 22/Sep/2020

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 25/Jan/2021
(View details for release 1) 23/Sep/2020


Training packages that include this unit

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MAR - Maritime Training PackageMaritime Training Package 7.1 
FBP - Food, Beverage and PharmaceuticalFood, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 6.0 
NWP - National Water Training PackageNational Water Training Package 4.1-4.3 
CPC - Construction, Plumbing and Services Training PackageConstruction, Plumbing and Services Training Package 6.2-6.4 
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training PackageTransport and Logistics Training Package 9.0 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 6.0-7.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

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FBP20521 - Certificate II in Wine Industry OperationsCertificate II in Wine Industry Operations
RII31820 - Certificate III in Drilling OperationsCertificate III in Drilling Operations1-2 
MAR40220 - Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)
RII30820 - Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant OperationsCertificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations1-2 
RII30920 - Certificate III in Civil ConstructionCertificate III in Civil Construction1-3 
CPC31120 - Certificate III in SteelfixingCertificate III in Steelfixing1-2 
CPC20720 - Certificate II in DrainageCertificate II in Drainage1-2 
TLI31920 - Certificate III in Mechanical Rail SignallingCertificate III in Mechanical Rail Signalling
MAR50220 - Diploma of Maritime OperationsDiploma of Maritime Operations
MAR40320 - Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)
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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  23/Sep/2020 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Version 5.0.

Release 2

Minor amendment to Knowledge Evidence to correct typographical error.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enter and work in confined spaces in the resources and infrastructure industries.

It applies to those working in operational roles. They generally work under supervision to undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and take responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.

Licensing, legislative and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories and industry sectors. Users must check requirements with relevant body before applying the unit.

Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Plan and prepare for working in confined space

1.1 Obtain, interpret and confirm work requirements

1.2 Access, interpret and apply documentation required to enter and work in confined spaces

1.3 Identify and address potential risks, hazards and environmental issues, and implement control measures according to workplace procedures

1.4 Obtain and confirm authorisation of a confined space entry permit that meets regulatory requirements

1.5 Select and wear appropriate personal protective equipment for planned work activities

1.6 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures with the stand-by person, and be prepared for emergency situations

1.7 Identify, obtain and implement signage and barrier requirements according to workplace procedures

1.8 Select tools and equipment for the tasks, check for serviceability and rectify or report any faults to relevant personnel

1.9 Position rescue equipment by the entry permit

2. Work in confined space

2.1 Gain access to confined space

2.2 Test and monitor the atmosphere for harmful elements according to workplace procedures

2.3 Correctly apply tagging and lock-out procedures

2.4 Enter the confined space according to workplace procedures

2.5 Maintain ongoing communication with the stand-by person

2.6 Comply with entry permit requirements

2.7 Monitor and adhere to allocated entry time

3. Exit confined space

3.1 Exit confined space according to workplace procedures

3.2 Recover tools, equipment and materials

3.3 Conduct inspection of the confined spaces according to workplace procedures

3.4 Remove tagging and lock-out procedures

3.5 Complete confined space entry permit requirements according to workplace procedures

4. Clean up

4.1 Clear work area and dispose of materials according to workplace procedures

4.2 Remove, clean and store barriers and signs

4.3 Conduct equipment inspections to identify faults according to manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures and report to relevant personnel

4.4 Conduct routine operational servicing, lubrication and housekeeping activities according to workplace procedures

4.5 Process written maintenance records according to workplace procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance but not explicit in the performance criteria.

S KILL 

DESCRIPTION 

Reading

  • Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation and regulations

Writing

  • Produces and completes written documents required for workplace procedures

Self-management

  • Monitors and minimises own exposure to worksite risks and hazards during activities

Oral communication

  • Uses a range of communication techniques and systems to communicate with others

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to RIIWHS202D Entering and working in confined spaces.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guide is found on VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Version 5.0.

Release 2

Minor amendment to Knowledge Evidence to correct typographical error.

Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including evidence of the ability to:

  • enter and work in confined spaces on at least two occasions, including:
  • obtaining the required entry permit and instructions for performing work in confined spaces
  • interpreting and applying workplace procedures
  • applying tagging and lock out procedures
  • selecting, wearing and caring for personal protective equipment
  • using atmospheric monitoring devices prior to entering the confined space
  • entering the confined space
  • working in the confined space
  • using atmospheric monitoring devices during confined space activity
  • applying safe materials handling methods
  • exiting the confined space
  • removing tagging and lock out.

During the above, the candidate must:

  • locate and apply relevant legislation, documentation, policies and procedures and confirm that the work activity is compliant
  • implement the requirements, procedures and techniques for entering and working in confined spaces
  • work effectively with others to enter and work in confined spaces in a way that meets all required outcomes
  • communicate clearly and concisely with others to receive and clarify work instructions and to determine coordination requirements prior to commencing and during work activities.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including knowledge of:

  • key legislation relevant to enter and work in confined spaces
  • key policies, procedures and documentation required to enter and work in confined spaces, including:
  • entry and exit procedures, risks and regulations
  • site and equipment safety requirements
  • site isolation and site control responsibilities and authorities
  • safety data sheets
  • incidents and emergency response documentation
  • principles and techniques for identifying and responding to:
  • areas that constitute confined spaces
  • types of air contaminants and toxic gases
  • limitations of breathing apparatus
  • relevant hazards and emergencies
  • equipment types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations
  • principles and techniques for using confined space and industry terminology
  • techniques for coordinating and communicating job activities with others.

Assessment Conditions

Mandatory conditions for assessment of this unit are stipulated below. The assessment must:

  • include access to:
  • personal protective equipment
  • equipment related to entering and working in confined spaces
  • relevant documentation
  • be conducted in a safe environment; and,
  • be assessed in the context of this sector's work environment; and,
  • be assessed in compliance with relevant legislation/regulation and using policies, procedures and processes directly related to the industry sector for which it is being assessed; and,
  • confirm consistent performance can be applied in a range of relevant workplace circumstances.

Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated work environment* provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of this sector’s workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.

Assessor requirements

Assessors must be able to clearly demonstrate current and relevant industry knowledge and experience to satisfy the mandatory regulatory standards as set out in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/Australian Quality Training Framework mandatory requirements for assessors current at the time of assessment and any relevant licensing and certification requirements. This includes:

  • vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed
  • current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided
  • current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment
  • formal relevant qualifications in training and assessment
  • having knowledge of and/or experience using the latest techniques and processes
  • possessing the required level of RII training product knowledge
  • having an understanding and knowledge of legislation and regulations relevant to the industry and to employment and workplaces
  • demonstrating the performance evidence, and knowledge evidence outlined in this unit of competency, and
  • the minimum years of current** work experience after competency has been obtained as specified below in an industry sector relevant to the outcomes of the unit.

It is also acceptable for the appropriately qualified assessor to work with an industry expert to conduct assessment together and for the industry expert to be involved in the assessment judgement. The industry expert must have current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided. This means the industry subject matter expert must demonstrate skills and knowledge from the minimum years of current work experience after competency has been obtained as specified below, including time spent in roles related to the unit being assessed:

Industry sector 

AQF indicator level*** 

Required assessor or industry subject matter expert experience 

Drilling, Metalliferous Mining, Coal Mining, Extractive (Quarrying) and Civil Infrastructure

1

1 year

2

2 years

Drilling, Coal Mining, Extractive (Quarrying), Metalliferous Mining and Civil Infrastructure

3-6

3 years

Other sectors

Where this unit is being assessed outside of the resources and infrastructure sectors assessor and/or industry subject matter expert experience should be in-line with industry standards for the sector in which it is being assessed and where no industry standard is specified should comply with any relevant regulation.

*Guidance on simulated environments has been stipulated in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide located on VETNet.

**Assessors can demonstrate current work experience through employment within industry in a role relevant to the outcomes of the unit; or, for external assessors this can be demonstrated through exposure to industry by conducting a minimum number of site assessments as determined by the relevant industry sector, across various locations.

*** While a unit of competency does not have an AQF level, where a unit is being delivered outside of a qualification the first numeric character in the unit code should be considered as the AQF indicator level for assessment purposes.

Links

Companion Volume Implementation Guide is found on VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272