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Operate Breathing Apparatus BA Training

MSMWHS216 – Operate Breathing Apparatus

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.

Participants will undertake a theory assessment and a practical assessment. The theory assessment assesses whether each participant has adequate underlying knowledge to successfully operate breathing apparatus. The practical assessment assesses whether each participant has the requisite skills to be deemed as competent in operating breathing apparatus.

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.

This nationally recognised OHSA Operate Breathing Apparatus Training Course is available at our training centres in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is designed for people who work in or around confined space areas, with hazardous gases/vapours, in an oxygen deficient atmosphere, or in other situations, requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.

We are able to conduct on-site training with either our purpose built mobile training facility, or at your own workplace and tailor the training course to suit the practical scenarios relevant to your company’s operations. While there is a standard set of learning outcomes for the course, we understand that the context and environment in which the learning is applied is varied.

This BA Training course will cover the theory and practical functions to carry out operation and maintenance of breathing apparatus.
The main topics that will be covered include:

  • Conduct pre-donning checks,
  • Inspect and report/record faults of damaged equipment,
  • Operation of the breathing apparatus,
  • Monitor and control hazards whilst wearing breathing apparatus,
  • Undertake team activities whilst wearing breathing apparatus,
  • Conclude operations.

Other terminology for the Breathing Apparatus course include:

  • breathing apparatus training
  • self contained breathing apparatus training
  • ba training
  • confined space breathing apparatus training
  • operate breathing apparatus training

OHSA will supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training, however we actively encourage students to bring along their own equipment where practicable.
Safety clothing including long sleeved shirt/trousers and enclosed footwear is required.

Participants should have sufficient literacy and numeracy to read and comprehend instructions for safety at the workplace.

Participants will need sufficient physical and psychological ability to participate in practical scenario based training, which may involve crawling and climbing up, down, through or under structures or confined and restricted spaces, being temporarily suspended, wearing harnesses and other relevant PPE breathing apparatus, lifting and carrying breathing apparatus/ cylinders (10-15kg), donning harnesses, dragging, lifting or carrying people or mannequins in confined and restricted environments in dark, low light or smoke filled areas.

Operate Breathing Apparatus BA Training MSMWHS216








6-8 hrs





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