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22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace

Information about the course:

This unit of competency provides the skills and knowledge to be able to handle asthma emergency situations in the workplace. It provides background knowledge of the causes, symptoms and effects of asthma as well as emergency treatment.

This unit of competency is classified as current as per the information provided for this unit at www.training.gov.au.

Target audience:

Those who are required to provide an emergency first aid response in a workplace.

Course Requirements:

There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licencing or certification requirements for this course.

Students are not required to bring any materials or equipment with them to the course.

Award Issued:

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

  • 22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace

Recertification Requirements:

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards.

Course duration:

  • Full course: 4 hours face to face training
  • Full course: Completion of pre-course study plus 2 hours practical training
  • Refresher course: 4 hours face to face training
  • Refresher course: Completion pre-course study plus 2 hours practical training

Important information regarding course durations:

Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.

Pre course study options:

The following option is available for completing the pre-course study;

You must take the evidence from your pre course study to the practical training session.

Related Course Documentation

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?

The Australian Skills and Qualifications Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

The Australian Skills and Qualification Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement 

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

(22282VIC) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Essential knowledge: 

  • Composition and essential components of an Asthma Management Plan
  • Relevant workplace policies/procedures for the management of an asthma emergency
  • Guidelines of Asthma peak bodies
  • Risk management and minimisation strategies contextualised to the specific workplace environment
  • Environmental hazard identification and minimisation
  • Requirements in some workplaces for Police Checks and/or Working with Children Checks
  • State/Territory regulatory requirements for asthma management relevant to workplace contexts
  • Signs and symptoms of asthma – mild/moderate, severe and life-threatening
  • Potential consequences of an asthma episode
  • Common allergic and non-allergic asthma triggers
  • First aid principles and procedures for the emergency management of asthma; including individual Asthma Action Plans
  • Common asthma medication and equipment
  • Sources of medical assistance, such as: designated first aiders/first aid officers, general practitioners, ambulance
  • Workplace’s debriefing policies/procedures
  • State/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace requirements for refresher training to maintain currency of competence

Essential skills:

Ability to:

  • Develop risk minimisation strategies for the emergency management of asthma in accordance with legislative, regulatory and workplace requirements
  • Plan for contingencies
  • Assess emergency situations
  • Control the situation according to established first aid principles prior to management of the asthma episode
  • Apply first aid skills in accordance with emergency response procedures and medical action plans
  • Convey the casualty’s details to emergency services
  • Comply with the workplace’s incident recording requirements
  • Respond appropriately to challenging situations recognising the psychological impacts of medical emergencies on individuals
  • Follow workplace debriefing policies/procedures
  • Contribute to the evaluation of responses to an incident in accordance with workplace policies and procedures
  • Maintain accurate records

(22282VIC) 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

(22282VIC) Do I need to complete a refresher course?

Recertification recommended every 3 years.

To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate  to the training session. You will then be required to:

  • Complete the online or downloadable pre-course workbook and attend a 2 hour practical session.

  • Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.

If someone is having all symptoms of Asthma but is not prescribed a puffer are they allowed to be given a puffer (Ventolin)?

 Yes, anyone can use an asthma puffer, you can purchase Ventolin over the counter with no prescription. Ventolin is a very safe drug for anyone to use and the puffer treatment that is given by the ambulance in these cases is 250 times stronger than the Ventolin puffer.

What are the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements for this course?

 In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here

How can I contact my trainer?

You can contact a trainer in your area for this course in our First Aid Trainer Directory.