Enter and work in confined spaces (RIIWHS202E)

Course Overview

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.


Course cost:

Funding – $200

Full Fee – $500


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Elements and 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


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.

Source: training.gov.au

Category: SKU: CSQ-CCT-1-1-2-2-1-1