Reference Quantity: ST0487

Particulars of ordinary


The primary duties and duties of a Specialist Rescue Operative are to offer rescue cowl to folks working at peak, in a confined area, distinctive hazards or underground in a mine for instance, and to effectively and safely full rescue operations from confined areas together with at peak or underground. They can even be required to coach others to function competently within the rescue atmosphere. That is with the intention of stopping accidents and incidents occurring. This can embrace, within the occasion of an accident or incident, finishing up rescues, saving and preserving lives. All of this might be achieved whereas complying with present laws, firm insurance policies and procedures. Duties embrace finishing up preventative and routine inspections of competence and tools.  Moreover, they’re anticipated to report deficiencies, defects, conduct danger assessments, work alone and in a staff, reveal a superb data and a powerful self-discipline in the direction of security, well being and atmosphere. They may have behaviours related to taking an appropriate danger throughout the job function however have an absolute understanding of what’s not acceptable as a danger. This might be achieved by an in depth hazard identification and danger evaluation functionality which can take into consideration: The competencies (together with data, abilities and behaviours) required to undertake the efficiency necessities of the job function safely and productively. The primary sectors who would utilise the specialist rescue operative are utilities (water and energy technology) and underground mines. Usually they are going to be required to function in small groups for search and rescue functions and have the flexibility to function as half of a bigger staff when a casualty rescue and transport in respiratory safety is required. The function would require journey throughout the UK. Within the function of a coach, the candidates might be anticipated to take duty and function alone.   The coaching function would require the specialist rescue operative to be competent within the topic and have the flexibility to offer examples, from their very own private expertise to spotlight points of information and efficiency necessities, the function requires upkeep of detailed and updated report of continuous competence (CPD) within the job function.

Specialist Rescue Operatives present instant rescue cowl for people who find themselves finishing up work or working at peak or in a confined area. This can embrace any platform, wind turbine, chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, effectively, underground mine or related area through which by advantage of its enclosed nature, there arises a fairly foreseeable specified danger.

Rescue cowl will embrace taking preventative actions to minimise the danger to folks working with the confined area, distinctive hazard or underground atmosphere. This can usually contain facilitating the escape and rescue of individuals, together with casualties, from the confined area and/or underground atmosphere.  This can usually contain the specialist rescue operative co-ordination with different small groups to hold out an efficient rescue to find lacking and injured individuals. This can embrace using environmental monitoring, respiratory safety (respiration equipment together with regenerative 4hr), specialist first support, extraction and transport. The important thing to this might be communication requiring these small groups to come back collectively and kind a bigger staff to facilitate a posh rescue and transport of a casualty/casualties.  The apprentice might be required to have the person competences to make sure the staff is efficient.    

The Specialist Rescue Operative might be competent at working all out there monitoring and rescue tools, together with that provided to avoid wasting and protect endangered life.

The Specialist Rescue Operative could have the abilities required to offer coaching and high quality assurance to new specialist rescue operatives in a spread of topics which can usually be well being and security associated. This can embrace however is not going to be restricted to the well being and security at work act, the present mining and confined area laws.

Sub sectors that use this normal

Industrial, heavy business, petrochemical, extractive, mining, waste, recycling, heritage, historic or vacationer mine, utilities together with water and power firms


18 to 24 months (Minimal 12 months)

Apprenticeship Degree

Degree 4


English and Maths and employer necessities:

Apprentices with out degree 2 English and Maths might want to obtain this degree previous to taking the end-point evaluation. For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.


Core competencies – data, abilities and behaviours


What’s required, an understanding of:

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  • the significance and causes for authorized and regulatory compliance
  • An understanding of the significance of following insurance policies, procedures and work directions. These will embrace however is not going to be restricted to: well being and safely coverage together with signed assertion. The hazard identification and danger evaluation course of aligned to the flexibility to implement controls to cut back the danger to an appropriate degree
  • the procedures and processes for responding to and conducting emergency rescue operations.
  • the operational and technical features of working at peak, confined area entry and specialist rescue operations in underground mines, heights and confined areas (see sub sector part above).This can require the specialist rescue operative to make sure these getting into it are competent. Working at peak hazards and an in depth understanding of operations being undertaken at peak together with and understanding of sustaining protected programs coupled to a backup (fall arrest) requirement.
  • working at peak restoration and retrieval programs.
  • necessities of appropriate and efficient anchor level to offer a protected level to start work or rescue from peak.
  • the operations being undertaken throughout the confined area. This can present data to the rescue groups as to the possible tools required to facilitate a profitable rescue. This service is required by these getting into confined areas, or different related area in which there’s a fairly foreseeable specified danger. 
  • the hazards and dangers related to working at peak, confined area and underground environments and management them to an appropriate degree.
  • the operation of kit that might be utilised in offering an efficient rescue. This can embrace entry and egress tools, environmental displays, respiratory protecting gadgets, compressed air escape respiration equipment, chemical oxygen respiration equipment, compressed air respiration equipment, lengthy length oxygen regenerative (4 hr) respiration equipment, extraction tools, superior first support, resuscitation tools, ache aid tools.
  • the authorized and regulatory upkeep and servicing necessities of rescue tools.
  • prepare others in well being and security necessities to function in a confined area and in an underground mine.
  • an acknowledgement that totally different folks be taught in several methods and have the flexibility to alter instructing strategies to adapt to this.

Well being and security

  • the significance of reporting and analysis of all potential work hazards and site-specific hazards, together with close to misses and harmful occurrences
  • when it might be essential not to rescue an injured particular person 
  • combat fires and when to not combat fires
  • how fireplace spreads and combat fires within the underground and confined area environments
  • save and protect an endangered life.
  • establish the dangers of actions utilizing authorised evaluation processes, similar to analysis into the historical past of the confined area or underground mine, hazard identification, danger evaluation, management measures to make sure that the extent of danger is at an appropriate degree. Examples could be understanding keep an environment at an appropriate (protected) degree; monitoring a pattern of gases inside a confined area or underground mine and understanding outcomes; monitoring atmospheric strain and understanding influence on a confined area and underground mine
  • danger assessments, laws, laws (similar to working at peak, mines act, confined area, PUWER, first support, LOLER), protected programs of labor, and limits of duty.

Efficient communications

  • the reporting strains in each day-to-day and emergency conditions.
  • talk successfully and develop and keep efficient working relationships.

Studying and improvement

  • inclusive instructing and studying approaches and use them.
  • methods to create an inclusive instructing and studying atmosphere
  • coaching aids together with visible, Aural, Studying, Writing and kinaesthetic
  • particular person studying kinds and assess them
  • plan, put together, ship and assess coaching


What’s required, an skill to:

Rescue operations

  • function as a part of an efficient and environment friendly rescue staff to the required firm requirements, protected programs of labor and present laws similar to Confined Areas and Mines Laws.
  • prepare and assess competence of others within the environments they themselves are deemed competent in. (a mine, a confined area and at peak) 
  • conduct rescue operations in a number of environments and dangerous conditions, similar to at peak, oxygen poor, poisonous and scorching atmospheres, and perform rescues involving casualty entrapment.  Examples could be confined areas, heights or underground mines with advanced entry and exits with numerous choices for ventilating the confined area or underground mine. These advanced confined areas and underground mines would or could have a number of operations being undertaken concurrently.
  • combat various kinds of fires in each above floor and underground environments which will include numerous gasses and different underground hazards.
  • protect an endangered life, conduct a rescue if doable.
  • stay calm and goal underneath strain.
  • transport trapped folks via an irrespirable ambiance.
  • transport casualties to a spot of security and additional help.
  • fault discover, take a look at, keep and repair/re-service all rescue tools


  • minimise the impact of emissions from fireplace, fumes or different gases within the confined area or underground atmosphere.

Upkeep strategies

  • conduct routine and reactive upkeep of all tools and respiration equipment in accordance with firm coverage, procedures and producers’ specs.
  • use supplies, fluids, gases and lubricants required for on a regular basis operations and upkeep in accordance with firm coverage, procedures, Management of Substances Hazardous to Well being information (COSHH) and producers’ specs

Planning and organising

  • plan and organize tools and assets and full required rescue standby duties in keeping with firm key efficiency indicators and measures and report progress towards them.
  • plan the work required, observe the plan and search for and implement enhancements on this plan in addition to future work plans

Studying and Improvement

  • plan inclusive instructing and studying incorporating folks studying kinds
  • ship inclusive instructing and studying,
  • consider the supply of inclusive instructing and studying, modifying supply the place required
  • assess learners utilizing a spread of strategies, towards competency necessities and abilities matrices


What’s required, be capable of:

Skilled judgment

  • assess personal degree of competence and know when to hunt recommendation from colleagues.
  • actively delegate actions successfully in emergency or hazardous conditions
  • recognise, settle for and proceed duties when it might have been essential to not rescue a severely injured particular person.

Persevering with Skilled Improvement (CPD)

  • critically establish personal improvement wants and take motion to fulfill these wants.
  • use personal data and experience to assist others.
  • actively keep ranges of information and abilities via persevering with skilled improvement, keep CPD data.

Talk Successfully

  • pro-actively talk with operational staff successfully making certain data is handed clearly and promptly utilizing a spread of strategies

Acceptace duty

  • settle for duty for personal behaviours, actions and requirements of labor
  • take possession of points in an emergency scenario and take care of appropriately

Acutely aware of security well being and atmosphere (SHE)

  • actively promote a optimistic well being, security and environmental tradition via situational consciousness and by private instance, taking applicable actions if others are performing in an unsafe method.


Evaluate date:

This apprenticeship normal needs to be reviewed three years after approval of the usual

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