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Control measure

Oxygen awareness

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Uses of oxygen

Understand:

  • Why oxygen may be used
  • How to mitigate the hazards of oxygen being used at an incident

Protection of oxygen equipment

Understand:

  • How to protect oxygen equipment from contamination or damage

Protection of the casualty

Understand:

  • Why it may be beneficial to use fire-resistant blankets to protect the casualty

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Identify and communicate the presence and use of any oxygen equipment to all emergency responders

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify the presence of oxygen equipment
  • Ensure emergency responders are made aware of the presence and use of oxygen equipment

Consider monitoring an oxygen-enriched atmosphere and ventilate if necessary

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Monitor the atmosphere
  • Consider the use of ventilation to reduce the hazards of a flammable atmosphere or combustion

Protect oxygen equipment from grease and oil, and ensure medical gloves are worn when handling it

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use appropriate packaging to protect medical oxygen
  • Prevent contamination of oxygen equipment
  • Ensure personnel wear medical gloves when handling oxygen equipment

Carry out a risk assessment if tools, equipment or defibrillators are being used in an oxygen-enriched atmosphere

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Risk assess the use of tools, equipment or defibrillators that could present a risk of combustion

Consider protecting the casualty from the risk of ignition in an oxygen-enriched atmosphere

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Protect a casualty from the potential ignition of an oxygen-enriched atmosphere through:
    • Ventilation of the hazard area
    • Use of fire-resistant blankets