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Confine small workplace emergencies

This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to confine small emergencies in a facility and it applies to occupants who are required to have first attack firefighting skills. It includes preparing for emergency situations, identifying and assessing an emergency, safely confining emergencies, using initial response equipment and reporting on the facility's emergency response.

Small emergencies in a facility include incidents such as small fires that can be controlled using a fire extinguisher; chemical spills that can be controlled using facility personal protective clothing and equipment and a spill kit; or a vehicle accident where there is no significant injury or damage. 

The unit has been developed to cover the facilities as specified in Australian Standard (AS) 3745 and AS4083. For this unit, as covered by AS3745 and/or AS4083, occupants are people attending a facility on a permanent or temporary basis such as an employee, contractor, student or resident, but not a visitor or patient and a facility is a building, structure or workplace that is, or may be, occupied by people (occupants).

All aspects of the unit must be undertaken in line with legislative requirements, organisational policies and procedures, and accepted safe work practices.

Learning Objectives

The course is designed to provide participants with the required knowledge and skills to:

  • prepare for emergency situations

  • identify and assess the emergency

  • safely contain small workplace emergencies where possible

  • use initial response equipment on small un-established workplace fires and

  • report those workplace emergencies.

The course will include participants demonstrating extinguisher use in a simulated workplace emergency situation and demonstration of a fire blanket.

Assessment will confirm the ability to correctly identify the type of emergency that has occurred; to identify and take action to avoid or control any associated hazards; to use initial response equipment and techniques to safely and effectively control or contain the emergency.

Performance Evidence Required

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and includes 

  • applying Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements

  • communicating with occupants, emergency personnel and stakeholders

  • complying with facility policies and procedures

  • confining emergencies safely 

  • giving and following instructions

  • identifying and acting to avoid or control any associated hazards 

  • identifying and assessing an emergency

  • implementing facility emergency response procedures

  • preparing for emergency situations 

  • reporting facility emergency response

  • restowing initial response equipment

  • using initial response equipment

  • utilising risk management processes

Knowledge Evidence Required

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and includes knowledge of

  • actions to be followed when initial response action is not safe

  • facilities and equipment that may be used safely to confine emergencies

  • facility emergency plan and emergency response procedures

  • initial response actions including activation of response team, activation of suppression systems, use of alerts, containment of emergency, evacuation of area, removal of occupants from danger, removal of emergency, basic aid, shut down procedures, use of containment systems and use of portable fire extinguishers, fire blankets and/or hose reels

  • kinds of emergency resources

  • legislation, industry standards, codes of practice and regulations

  • limitations of initial response equipment, emergency control equipment or facilities

  • methods of extinguishment

  • organisational/facility documentation, policies and procedures

  • possible hazards types of emergencies

  • Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) including risk mitigation

Course Prerequisites

There are no pre requisites for this unit. Students must be at least 14 years of age at the time of attendance.

Clothing: We suggest that you wear comfortable casual clothing, as the practical nature of the demonstrations and practice may possibly require bending, kneeling and lying on the floor. Pants and flat shoes are recommended.


Learn more about the Australian Government’s competency and assessment requirements for this course at

Course Details

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The course has been developed to cover the broad range of emergencies and workplaces as considered in Australian Standard 3745-2010 and applies to employees in the workplace within all industries and in all contexts.

First Aid and Fire's course PUAWER008 Confine small workplace emergencies is 2 hours in duration.

Competency based training methods will be assessed through a combination of practical activities, written theoretical questions, observation reports and/or workplace simulation activities. A Statement of Attainment will be issued to successful participants.

Certificate Validity

Australian Standard AS3745-2010 – Planning for emergencies in facilities – advises that training should be undertaken annually.

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