Monitoring Respirable Dust in Coal Mines

BSBWHS409 - Assist with workplace monitoring processes

This unit provides training in the skills and knowledge required to assist with monitoring a range of physical agents and conditions relevant to work health and safety (WHS). It will address the use of measuring devices to collect, interpret, evaluate and report on workplace information and data in relation to respirable dust exposure. It will also assist with the development of sampling plans.

Duration: 2 days

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Who should attend

This unit will apply to persons carrying out respirable dust sampling at a coal mine in accordance with AS 2985 and Recognised Standard 14: Monitoring respirable dust in coal mines.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You can apply for recognition of prior learning for this unit of competency. You will need to supply information on your work history and samples of work, and may need to undertake assessments and/or an interview to determine whether you have met the competency standards. RPL is conducted on a one-on-one basis. Contact us to discuss your RPL options.

Course delivery and assessment

The Monitoring Respirable Dust in Coal Mines course is delivered face-to-face over 2 days. It combines trainer-led theory and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities. Some pre-reading of course materials may be required. On successful completion of all assessments, participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

Course content

  • Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP)
  • Legislation
  • Overview of occupational hygiene hazards
  • Sampling environment and equipment
  • Sampling limitations
  • Collecting workplace information and data
  • Documenting and evaluating results of monitoring
  • Recognised Standard 14: Monitoring respirable dust in coal mines
  • Sampling to AS 2985 - 2009 Australian standard: Workplace atmospheres - Method for sampling and gravimetric determination of respirable dust
  • Use and applications of real-time monitors
  • Use and application of an anemometer
  • Dust observation methods and best practices for underground and surface mines


  • Course materials
  • Morning tea and lunch