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RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces

RIIWHS401E Supervise work in Confined Spaces course is for supervisors who will be responsible for supervising work in confined space. It includes: preparing for work; providing information; ensuring that the safety personnel entering and working in a confined space is not affected; supervising entry and work; implementing emergency and rescue systems; and withdrawing from confined space and facilitate return to service.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

      Provider of Training and Assessment

      This course “Training and assessment delivered on behalf of Queensland Training and Development RTO 32238” by Safe Act Pty Ltd

      Important information prior to enrolment for RIIWHS401E Supervise work in Confined Spaces

      Unit(s) Being Delivered

      The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course. The certificate will be issued by Queensland Training and Development RTO 32238;

      Course Location

      This course will be delivered

      Entry Requirments

      An individual undertaking this course with Safe Act Pty Ltd will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry: 

      • Psychological* and physical capability to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstrations for this course, such as the undertaking of the requirements to safely enter, work in and exit a confined space wearing appropriate PPE.This may involve climbing up, down, through or under structures or confined spaces, being temporarily suspended, wearing harnesses and other relevant PPE, dragging and lifting in confined and restricted environments in dark, low light or smoke filled areas. 
      • Protective footwear/safety shoes and comfortable/practical clothing must be provided by the student and worn during the practical sessionsand assessment. 
      • Language, literacy and numeracy requirements – students must be able to read and correctly interpret required documentation relevant to the confined space entry, speak clearly and unambiguously in English, explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues and understand the permit requirements. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms and producing any required reports. Numeracy is required to the level of being able to correctly differentiate between high and low pressures and temperatures, voltages or masses and interpret gas test/monitoring results. 
      • Pre-Entry requirements
        • RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
        • MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres


      *Safe Work Australia notes “Working in a confined space may impose physiological and psychological demands over and above those encountered in a normal working environment. Consideration should be given to a worker’s: 

      • physical ability; 
      • ability to work in a restrictive space (for example claustrophobia) and ability to wear the PPE required to do the work (for example respirators).”  

      Code of Practice – Confined Spaces, December 2011 

      Course Duration
      • Face to Face – 7 hours (minimum) – full face to face course.
      • Blended delivery – N/A.
      • Online delivery with face to face – N/A.
      • Refresher training – 4 hours (minimum) – full face to face course.
      Course Fees and Payments
      • Please refer to our booking calendar for individual course fees.
      • Refund and fee protection policy – Please refer to the student handbook.
      • Payment Terms – Payment for individual participants is upfront, group booking payment terms are based on agreement between the client and service provider.
      Assessment Requirements

      Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

      Certificate Renewal Requirements

      This certificate does not require renewal, however lots of site requirements require renewal every 2 years

      Learning Rights, Responsibilities and Support, including Complaints

      Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Queensland Training and Development Pty Ltd RTO 32238. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

      Work Placement Arrangements

      No work placement will be required as part of this course.

      Assessment Activities

      Assessment for this unit of competency will be by simulation of work place practices. Assessment will occur over a range of situations and will be conducted through actual demonstration of competencies, written and oral testing of underpinning knowledge.

      Upcoming Courses for RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces

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      Safe Act Pty Ltd delivers this nationally recognised training in partnership with, and under the auspices of, Queensland Training and Development Pty Ltd​ RTO 32238.

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      RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces Training

      Working in confined spaces is a challenging and potentially hazardous endeavor that requires careful planning, training, and supervision to ensure the safety of workers. The RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces unit of competency, titled “Supervise work in confined spaces,” plays a crucial role in preparing individuals to oversee activities within confined spaces. In this article, we will delve into the key aspects of RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces, including its objectives, core competencies, and the importance of proper supervision in confined space work.

      The RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces unit focuses on the supervision of work in confined spaces, emphasizing the need for a safe and controlled working environment. By successfully completing RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces training, individuals can demonstrate their ability to plan, prepare, and supervise confined space work activities while adhering to all relevant safety guidelines and legal requirements.

      Key Objectives of RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces

      1. Comply with legislative and industry requirements: This unit ensures that individuals are well-versed in the legal and industry-specific requirements surrounding confined space work, including standards such as AS 2865-2009 Confined spaces.
      2. Identify confined space hazards: Candidates learn to recognize and assess potential risks within confined spaces, including atmospheric hazards, physical hazards, and biological hazards.
      3. Implement safety measures: RIIWHS401E covers the development and implementation of safety plans, including permit-to-work systems and emergency response plans.
      4. Monitor and control confined space work: Supervisors are trained to effectively manage and oversee confined space work, ensuring that all activities are conducted in accordance with safety protocols and standards.
      5. Maintain documentation: Proper record-keeping and documentation are essential aspects of confined space work. This unit emphasizes the importance of maintaining accurate records of confined space entry, permits, and risk assessments.

      Core Competencies

      To successfully complete RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces, candidates must demonstrate competency in a range of key areas, including:

      1. Risk assessment: Identifying and assessing potential risks in confined spaces is a fundamental aspect of supervision. Candidates must be proficient in identifying atmospheric, physical, and biological hazards.
      2. Communication and teamwork: Effective communication and teamwork are vital for coordinating activities in confined spaces. Supervisors should be skilled in communicating safety procedures, roles, and responsibilities to the work team.
      3. Safety planning: Developing comprehensive safety plans, including hazard identification, risk assessment, and permit-to-work systems, is a core competency of this unit.
      4. Emergency response: Candidates must be trained in planning and implementing effective emergency response procedures, should a crisis occur in a confined space.
      5. Documentation and reporting: Proper record-keeping, including confined space entry permits and risk assessments, is a vital part of supervision.

      The Importance of Proper Supervision in Confined Space Work

      Supervision is paramount in confined space work, as it ensures the safety and well-being of all personnel involved. Effective supervision helps to:

      1. Mitigate risks: Supervisors are responsible for identifying and mitigating potential hazards, ensuring that all safety measures are in place and that workers are adequately protected.
      2. Compliance with regulations: Ensuring that all activities comply with relevant legal and industry standards is a fundamental duty of supervisors. Non-compliance can result in legal consequences and accidents.
      3. Emergency response: In the event of an emergency, a well-trained and vigilant supervisor can significantly improve the chances of a positive outcome. Their ability to lead and coordinate emergency response efforts can save lives.
      4. Accountability: Supervisors are held accountable for their actions and decisions during confined space work. Effective supervision can prevent incidents and provide clarity in case of investigations or audits.

      RIIWHS401E Supervise Work In Confined Spaces is a vital unit of competency that equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to oversee confined space work safely and effectively. The objectives and core competencies covered by this unit emphasize the importance of proper planning, hazard identification, risk assessment, and compliance with legal requirements. Adequate supervision in confined space work is essential to protect workers and ensure a safe working environment. It is critical that individuals involved in this field undertake the necessary training and accreditation to meet these responsibilities and keep confined space workers out of harm’s way.