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Confined spaces courses give you the skills and knowledge necessary for reducing potential hazards when working in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. These areas bring additional risks compared to working out in the open. Hazardous atmosphere, increased risk of engulfment, and the risk of getting trapped are a few of the biggest concerns.


RIIWHS202E – Enter and Work in Confined Spaces is the unit of competency for addressing these concerns. The course is designed to give workers the skills and knowledge for completing assessments and implementing effective control measures. Here is a closer look at the training.


Who Should Attend Confined Spaces Training?


Any work in confined space likely requires training. Spending time in an enclosed or partially enclosed location may bring a high risk of injury or health issues. A confined space needs to meet the following conditions:


  • Not designed for human occupation
  • Designed to be at normal atmospheric pressure
  • Contains a potential health risk


The health risks often come from poor ventilation, allowing hazardous atmospheres to develop. Besides unsafe oxygen levels, workers may face risks from contaminants, such as airborne gases or vapours. Fire, explosion, and engulfment are also potential issues.


A risk assessment is an essential step in dealing with these safety issues. After identifying the hazards, supervisors can devise a plan for reducing exposure to risks, such as using protective equipment.


The definition of an enclosed location does not apply to the working of a mine or a mine shaft. Some of the most common examples of confined spaces include:


  • Tanks
  • Vats
  • Pits
  • Ducts
  • Chimneys
  • Shafts
  • Tunnels
  • Trenches


Working in these areas requires specialised training. You also need to complete this training if you supervise work in enclosed areas or carry out inspections.


During training, you learn how to manage risks associated with work in a confined space. To ensure compliance with WHS regulations, the program covers the following topics and learning outcomes:


  • Responsibilities and roles of the PCBU, supervisors, and workers
  • Necessary permits for ventilating or purging an enclosed area
  • Standard risk mitigation techniques
  • Recommended hazard identification procedures
  • Suitable procedures and equipment for rescue


RIIWHS202E is not the only unit of competency that you may need to complete. This course is a prerequisite for several other programs, including gas testing training and certificates for work in civil construction or drilling.


How Can I Get a Confined Space Certificate in Hobart?


To obtain the certificate, you need to complete a confined space course through a registered training organisation (RTO). The course is delivered face-to-face. However, online refresher courses are available for those that need to retake the unit of competency.


Training requires a few prerequisites. Before enrolling, you need to obtain the white card by completing the construction induction training. You also need to understand English and dress appropriately for the practical training portion of the program.


The training and assessment typically take about seven to eight hours to complete during the face-to-face training. The online training is self-paced. It may take several hours depending on how quickly you work through the course material.


At AlertForce, the nationally recognised program includes additional units of competency. Besides the RIIWHS202E unit, you complete the MSMPER200 and MSMWHS201.


MSMPER200 covers the steps for working in accordance with an issued permit. Permits are a requirement for entering or working in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. MSMWHS201 covers the requirements for conducting a hazard analysis.


How Much Is Confined Space Training Hobart?


The cost of the program in Tasmania is about $180 per person. However, costs may vary based on the number of participants and other factors. The online course costs $88 including GST.


How Often Is Confined Space Training Required in Hobart?


After completing the course, you receive a statement of attainment. The statement does not expire. You need to keep it as proof that you completed the RIIWHS202E unit of competency.


As with most of the WHS training courses, many safety groups recommend that workers complete a refresher course every two years. The refresher course helps you retain the information covered during the initial program.


When you complete the online refresher course, you can print a copy of the certificate of completion. Keep the certificate with your statement as verification that you completed the refresher training.

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