This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to use specific equipment to detect airborne contaminants, liquids, and solids at a hazardous materials incident.

The unit applies to personnel required to detect and identify contaminants at a hazardous materials incident using specialist equipment to identify the materials, assess risks posed by the materials identified and to formulate a plan for their safe isolation and mitigation.

Hazardous materials incident is a generic term used to refer to an incident involving any hazardous material based on physio-chemical, chemical, biological or radiological properties that poses an unreasonable risk to life, property, or the environment. This includes dangerous goods, goods too dangerous to be transported and hazardous chemicals.

Pre-requisite Unit

It is essential that the prerequisite units listed below are obtained prior to the issuance of this unit to individuals within the fire sector or the units contributing to the attainment of a fire qualification.

PUAFIR207 – Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

All learners must be able to read and comprehend English to a level that will enable them to safely perform duties as specified in the competency standard. PreStart Safety & Training recognises that some learners may require more support to meet the requirements of the training course. We will endeavour to meet these needs with regards to; language, literacy and numeracy skills. Learners are encouraged, prior to commencing the course and where applicable, to complete an PreStart Safety & Training LLN analysis, which will assist the Trainer/Assessor to interpret individual skill level and manage this from the onset. Learners must complete and return a pre-course assessment (as supplied by PreStart Safety & Training).

All successful applicants will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment: Identify, detect, and monitor hazardous materials at an incident – PUAFIR306.