Perform sampling and testing of stationary emissions

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSS025016A, 'Perform sampling and testing of stationary emissions '.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Confirm stack sampling/testing requirements with supervisor


Confirm the site location, scope and purpose of stack sampling/testing, relevant standards and data requirements


Review available information about the site, its industrial processes, details of sampling/testing locations and any previous sampling/testing results for emissions


Select possible sampling/analyser train configurations to suit type and likely concentration of particulate matter, plant/stack conditions and/or gases of interest


Check that selected sampling/test methods are in accordance with statutory, client or enterprise requirements, relevant standards and guidelines


Assist with site liaison


Liaise with site controller to access site


Arrange for induction training, clearances and/or permits, as necessary


Clarify site health and safety hazards/risks, safe work procedures/methods and availability of safe work platform


Negotiate access to stack during suitable process operating conditions for sampling/testing and to minimise impact on normal operations


Negotiate access to site equipment, services, materials and support personnel, as necessary


Confirm schedule for stack sampling/testing activities


Prepare for stack sampling/testing


Review site hazards, risks, specified safe work methods


Review approved health and safety plan covering site sampling/testing activities


Review sampling/testing procedures and methods and equipment configurations with close attention to the sequence of steps and details for each


Select sampling equipment and test instruments and check their operation/calibration in accordance with relevant methods, standards and manufacturer instructions


Ensure all conditioning reagents, solutions and calibration gases, as appropriate, are obtained and ready for field use


Prepare and store filters appropriate for the likely physical and chemical nature of the gases and particulates and in accordance with sampling/test method


Assemble and safely stow all sampling equipment, test instruments, materials, containers and safety equipment


Arrange suitable transport to, from and around site as required


Assist with site inspection and preliminary tests


Locate the site controller and re-confirm access and suitability of stack conditions


Inspect work platform and check for safe access to existing sampling access holes and electrical services


Transport all required equipment and materials to work platform, check they are fit for purpose and rectify, as necessary


Record the dimensions of the stack and conduct preliminary determinations of temperature, velocity, pressure and moisture content values using relevant methods


Assess suitability/compliance of sampling plane


Assess whether the operating environment will impact on safety or reliability of sampling/testing and make modifications or alternative arrangements as directed


Confirm numbers of samples, sampling positions and times, sampling/test methods and equipment configurations for sampling and in-situ measurements


Conduct sampling and in-situ tests


Set up sampling/analyser train with appropriate sensors, probes, nozzle, conditioning components and detectors in accordance with method


Allow sufficient time for the system to stabilise


Calibrate analyser in accordance with test method


Operate equipment with close attention to each method step and to maintaining the isokinetic or required sampling/test conditions for each sampling point


Conduct regular leak checks, purging and system performance tests in accordance with method to ensure reliable results


Carefully collect, label and store each sample to minimise loss or contamination and ensure traceability


Accurately record measurements, environmental conditions and any atypical observations that may impact on validity/integrity of samples or test results


Finalise stack sampling/testing


Safely disassemble, clean/decontaminate and restow all equipment and materials for transport to base


Transport all samples back to base as soon as practicable and in accordance with enterprise procedures, test methods or relevant standards


Ensure all field observations, calibration data, measurements, calculations and results are accurately transferred to enterprise information database


Distribute samples for laboratory analysis within specified holding times, if required


Process and interpret data


Review test data noting atypical observations


Calculate required quantities using relevant test method and ensure values are consistent with expectations


Estimate and document uncertainty of measurement in accordance with enterprise procedures, if required


Record processed results in accordance with enterprise procedures


Interpret trends in data and/or results and report atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel


Determine if obvious procedure or equipment problems have led to atypical data or results


Compare results with established air quality standards, statutory environmental quality concentration limits or similar, if relevant


Finalise reporting of results in accordance with enterprise requirement


Maintain a safe work environment


Clean all equipment, containers, work area and vehicles according to enterprise procedures


Check serviceability of all equipment before storage


Use defined safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of others


Minimise the generation of wastes and environment impacts


Ensure the safe collection of all hazardous wastes for appropriate disposal

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS025016A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS70211 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management