Supervise Work in Confined Spaces

RIIWHS401E – Supervise Work in Confined Spaces


RIIWHS401E – Supervise Work in Confined Spaces

COURSE FEE: $750* (Conditions Apply) 


The RIIWHS401E – This Confined Space Entry Supervisor course is aimed at those who are required to supervise work in confined spaces. The course covers hazard identification and risk assessment and implementation of confined space emergency and rescue systems.

Students will attain the practical application and understanding required to supervise work in confined spaces safely in all industries.



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1.  Prepare for work in the confined space

1.1 Obtain, interpret and confirm work requirements

1.2 Access, interpret and apply documentation required to supervise in confined spaces

1.3 Access and interpret the site confined spaces safety management program

1.4 Determine tasks and develop a written Safe Operating Procedures for work to be carried out

1.5 Identify and implement communications system and equipment according to workplace procedures

1.6 Select and wear personal protective equipment

1.7 Identify and obtain resources for implementation of the confined spaces safety management program

1.8 Prepare all required permits

2. Provide information about working in confined spaces

2.1 Establish consultation mechanisms with all levels of the workforce

2.2 Consult with employees and employee representatives on implementation of the confined spaces safety management program

2.3 Identify and meet the communication needs of special groups

2.4 Provide information, instruction, training and supervision to employees

3. Ensure safety and health of others entering and working in a confined space

3.1 Identify relevant personnel or expertise for risk assessment, and initiate hazard identification and risk assessment process

3.2 Identify and prepare a written record of hazards

3.3 Assess risks and determine probability and likelihood

3.4 Identify and implement effective control measures according to the Hierarchy of Controls

3.5 Develop a confined space checklist for the Confined Space Entry Permit

3.6 Ensure atmospheric monitoring instruments available, installed, calibrated and used correctly according to workplace procedures

3.7 Keep written records of hazard and risk assessment processes and outcomes, and the controls put in place according to workplace procedures

4. Supervise entry and work in a confined space

4.1 Allocate resources to confined space personnel for effective, safe performance of designated work

4.2 Ensure all personnel read, understand and sign all required permits

4.3 Clearly and concisely communicate the work activities to personnel, clarify any questions, and ensure all personnel are clear on their work activities and responsibilities

4.4 Brief and post confined space observers and sentries

4.5 Check that required personal protective equipment is suitable and worn correctly according to manufacturer specifications

4.6 Ensure communications systems are installed, maintained and in working order

4.7 Monitor and evaluate the continued effectiveness of risk assessment processes and controls

4.8 Test and maintain controls according to workplace procedures

4.9 Ensure work activities complies to procedures

5. Implement confined space emergency and rescue systems

5.1 Select emergency rescue equipment appropriate for the confined space activities

5.2 Identify and liaise with external Emergency Services agencies

5.3 Implement site approved emergency procedures

5.4 Keep and maintain emergency procedure training records

6. Withdraw from confined space and facilitate return to service

6.1 Confirm that work is completed to site requirements and all work-related materials and equipment removed

6.2 Confirm all permits are cleared and systems isolation devices removed according to workplace procedures

6.3 Confirm all personnel sign off the Confined Space Entry Permit

6.4 Advise appropriate personnel that the confined space is clear for return to service

6.5 Review the confined space safety management program


Group bookings/Onsite training available at your site or ours. Please contact our office on 1800 352 335 or email for pricing and site requirements.


2 days


  • Saferight requires that participants hold the following or equivalent units of competency RIIWHS202E – Confined Space Entry and RIIWHS204E – Work Safely at Heights, issued within the last 2 years and are currently working in the industry prior to attending this course
  • Ability to read, write and understand English
  • Present photo I.D. on arrival
  • Complete a ‘Fitness to Complete Training’ form. The student is required to declare any medical issue that may exclude them from full participation
  • Wear normal work clothing, enclosed footwear and remove all jewellery prior to commencement


On successful completion of this course students will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for RIIWHS401E – Supervise Work in Confined Spaces and a wallet sized card.

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) must be supplied and verified prior to issuance.


Your Statement of Attainment does not have an expiry date, however, industry standards recommend retraining every two years.


  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Assessment


Students will be provided with morning tea and refreshments for all courses run at Saferight.
Saferight has kitchen facilities for people who wish to bring their own lunch or alternatively, there are cafes and lunch bars within close proximity.


42 Belmont Avenue, Belmont 6104


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