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Operate Breathing Apparatus MSMWHS216


Outcome: Nationally recognised statement of attainment


Course Duration: 4-6 hours (experience, competency and class size dependent) 


Location: Onsite or offsite, statewide

Pre-requisites: Must be 16 years of age and possess good language, literacy and numeracy skills

What to bring: USI Number ( Biscuits, tea, coffee and drinks are provided. There are many takeaway food options nearby or feel free to bring your own lunch

PPE requirements: Safety boots, long pants and Hi Vis short/long sleeve shirt.

Unit Descriptor

  • Conduct pre-donning checks and tests on breathing apparatus

  • Operate breathing apparatus

  • Conclude operations in accordance with procedures



This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, as defined by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.


This unit of competency applies to operators who are required to wear breathing apparatus because they are working:

  • in a confined space

  • with hazardous gases/vapours

  • in an oxygen deficient atmosphere

  • in other situations requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.


Operators may also be required to wear breathing apparatus in emergency situations, however, this is not the prime focus of this unit.


This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.


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



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