PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident

Information about the course:

This unit covers the competency required to use specific equipment to detect airborne contaminants, liquids and solids.

This unit replaces PUAFIR307B Monitor hazardous atmospheres.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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


  • PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

Target audience:

Those who are working in a mine rescue unit working as part of an Emergency Rescue Team.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for: 

  • PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident

Course duration:

  • Option 1 Full course: 15 hours face-to-face training
  • Option 2 Flexible delivery: 7 hours face-to-face training
  • Option 3 Refresher course: 6 hours face-to-face training

Pre course study options:

There is no pre-course study for this course.

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PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident - How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios

PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident - Where can I access a copy of the training package?

You can access a copy of the training package here

PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident - What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?


Required Skills

  •  analyse and communicate detection results
  • don, operate in, decontaminate and remove personal protective clothing and equipment
  • interpret safety and hazard information
  • use detection equipment

Required Knowledge

  • asphyixants, which may include simple and chemical, flammable gases and liquids, corrosive gases and liquids
  • conditions under which atmospheres become hazardous
  • dynamics of toxicity, corrosivity, flammability
  • flammable range, upper and lower flammable limits
  • legislation relevant to the organisation
  •  odour threshold, exposure standards (time weighted average, short term exposure limits, peak limitation values), immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH), and may include acute exposure guideline levels (AEGL)
  • organisational policies and procedures
  •  physical chemistry concepts
  •  roles and responsibilities of agencies involved
  •  toxic effects on humans exposed to commonly encountered atmospheric contaminants such as reaction products or combustion products or variable oxygen concentrations
  • units of measurement used to express concentration of atmospheric contaminants (mg/cubic m, ppm, %, v/v)