Glossary of Terms


Australian Standards - Are developed by an independent organisation called Standards Australia. It prepares and publishes voluntary technical and commercial standards which are sometimes adopted by occupational safety and health regulations.

Breathing Apparatus (BA), is a device worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air in an immediately dangerous to life or health atmosphere (IDLH).

Fall Clearance - Fall clearance is the distance needed to safely arrest a fall from height.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) - A colourless, odourless toxic flammable gas formed by incomplete combustion of carbon.

Confined Space - A confined space is not always a small or narrow area. There are various environments where a person may require them to work or move in an area where the movements are restricted or where light is limited. Such situations may include working in tunnels/ shafts, roof areas, tanks, drain wells, pipes, chimneys, silos or underground sewers'.

First Response to Fire - Initial steps required to extinguish a minor fire or to contain a more major fire while

Gas Test - The knowledge required to test the atmosphere to determine if it is safe for the proposed work

Hazard (Atmospheric) - Can include oxygen deficiencies, dusts, chemical vapours, welding fumes, fogs and mists that can interfere with the bodies ability to transport and utilise oxygen, or that have negative toxicological effects on the human body.

Height - Elevation above ground, A high place or position.

Helmets - Helmets give the user effective head protection from falling objects, or if the person falls themselves.

ICTTCR203 - Accredited course that covers the use of safe rigging practices to climb and perform rescues on telecommunications network structures

Karabiner - A coupling link with a safety closure. Is used especially in climbing as a connector and to hold a freely running rope.

MSMWHS217 - Course that covers the skills and knowledge required to test the working atmosphere, using electronic test apparatus, to find out if it is safe for the proposed work.

MSMWHS212 - Undertake First Response to Fire Incidents

MSMWHS216 - A course that covers the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, as defined by Australian Standards.


OSHE - Acronym for Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment

Perth City - The capital of Western Australia.

RIIWHS204D - This unit helps train a participant’s skills and knowledge required to work safely at heights in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. This unit it appropriate for those working in operational roles where they are required to perform work at heights.

Risk Assesment - A systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in a projected activity or undertaking.

Rigging - Rigging is both a noun, the equipment, and verb, the action of designing and installing the equipment, in the preparation to move objects.

RIIWHS204D - A training course that provides skills and knowledge required to work safety at heights in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries.

Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC): ​​The Training Accreditation Council (TAC or the Council) is Western Australia's registering and course accrediting body. It is responsible for the quality assurance and recognition of vocational education and training (VET) services in WA.


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