Monitoring Respirable Dust in Coal Mines, Mineral Mines and Quarries

This course 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.

To apply for a place in this course, complete and submit the Application for Enrolment (PDF, 410.1KB) to Simtars:

Phone: +61 7 3810 6328


Who should attend

This unit will  apply to persons carrying out respirable dust sampling at a coal, mineral mines and quarries in accordance with:

For entry requirements into this course, see the course brochure.

Course length

This course is delivered by way of:

  • Pre-course readings, videos and activities (30 hours)
  • Face-to-face delivery of training (13 hours)
  • Assessment (3 hours)


  • Mackay: 4-5 September 2019
  • Townsville: 18-19 September 2019
  • Brisbane: 30-31 October 2019
  • Townsville: 13-14 November 2019
  • Cairns: 11-12 December 2019

Third-party provider details

Some or all of your training, assessment and/or support services are to be conducted by the following Third-Parties:

  • Gregory Dean (MAIOH)
  • Dr Ian Ellison (MAIOH)
  • Tabitha Brennan (COH)

Upon successful completion of assessments, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 1828).

Course structure

The course consists of the following nationally accredited unit of competency:

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  • BSBWHS409 - Assist with workplace monitoring processes

As required by the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee (CMSHAC) and the Mining Safety Healthy Advisory Committee (MSHAC), in addition to the requirements of the unit BSBWHS409 - Assist with workplace monitoring processes, learners will also be trained in:

  • sampling to AS 2985—2009 Australian standard: workplace atmospheres—method for sampling and gravimetric determination of respirable dust
  • appropriate data to be collected during sampling, including observations
  • use and applications of real-time monitors
  • use and application of an anemometer
  • dust observation methods and best practices for underground mines
  • dust observation methods and best practices for surface mines

Note that whilst these extra requirements are addressed during training, they are not assessed as part of this course, unless specifically required by the unit of competency as set out in the training package for BSBWHS409 - Assist with workplace monitoring processes.