HAZMAT Response

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This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to operate a breathing apparatus in an irrespirable atmosphere, use detection equipment to identify contaminants at a hazardous materials incident and formulate a plan for their safe isolation and removal.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for emergency response teams or those people who provide initial response to hazardous materials incidents in the workplace.

Units of Competency

  • PUAFIR215 Prevent injury
  • PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident

Course Duration

  • 8 hours

Student Numbers

  • Min 6
  • Max 12
Award Issued
Upon successful completion of the assessment requirements of this course, students will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment and wallet card.

Refreshers recommended every 2 years.


  • PUAFIR215 Prevent injury is a pre-requisite to PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit is a pre-requisite to PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
  • Units of competency will be trained and assessed in this sequence to ensure pre- requisite requirements are achieved.

Pre-entry Requirements
Students must be physically capable of participating in the practical activities which involve moving about in dark, possibly smoky, confined spaces while wearing 15kg breathing apparatus sets.
Student must also demonstrate a basic level of language, literacy and numeracy.

Delivery Methods
The course content will be delivered in a classroom environment using PowerPoint presentations, video, group discussion and a number of demonstration and skill building activities.

Assessment Methods
Students will be assessed in a practical assessment simulating a relevant HAZMAT scenario.
Underpinning knowledge will be assessed through the use of a theory assessment (containing multiple-choice questions).


  • Australian Standards and relevant legislation
  • Hazards, risks and control measures for HAZMAT response
  • Inspect, test, don & operate a breathing apparatus
  • Asphyxiants & respirable atmospheres
  • Detection equipment
  • Safety data sheets, labels & placards
  • Containment strategies
  • Incident response (including entry plan)
  • Safe working practices
  • Simulated practice scenarios

All of our courses are tailored to site policies and procedures.
Appropriate clothing is to be worn when attending training including long pants, long shirts and enclosed footwear. PPE specified by the workplace is also to be worn.