According to OSHA, a confined space in a workplace should have enough room to allow a worker to perform their job. This space has limited means for exits and entry and is not appropriate for extended occupancy. These include:
- Storage bins
- Pump stations
- Ditches and trenches
Spaces which restrict movement have walls that converge inward, comprise of an engulfing material or are small enough to make asphyxiation a possibility. These spaces can either be under or above ground and can be more hazardous than a regular worksite.
The Need for Confined Space Training
OSHA describes confined spaces as ‘permit-required confined spaces’ which have all of the abovementioned features. A Confined Space Training course is designed for the safety of workers who work in these spaces. On passing, each entrant is given a certificate that represents awareness of the risks working in confined spaces.
Besides workers, confined space training is ideal for supervisors, site managers, attendants, and rescue personnel who require an in-depth understanding of the risks involved. Entrants learn the chemical, physical, and biological factors that come into play for workers who work in confined spaces, and how to mitigate risks.
The objectives of the course are designed around the safety needs of workers working in permit-required confined spaces. Students will be taught to understand:
- The need for emergency services and when to implement them
- OSHA requirements for developing permit-required confined spaces for the safety of workers.
- The basics of equipment required to work in confined spaces
- How to determine that a space is ‘confining’.
- The responsibilities of entrants and supervisors.
- The scope of OSHA’s safety standards regarding confined spaces.
The objectives cover not only the need for safety in restrictive spaces, but also give students a holistic outlook on the need for appropriate safety standards.
Once the course is completed, students are quizzed on what they learned. To be eligible for the certificate, they need to answer at least 80% of the questions correctly for each section. Students are given 3 chances to pass each section. The final exam for the certification contains 30+ questions and only students who score a minimum of 80% will pass the course.
At the end of the Confined Space Training course, passing students will be able to print a certificate that will prove that they are capable of maintaining safety requirements in confined spaces according to OSHA standards.
Who should take this course?
The Confined Space Training course is ideal for any worker who has to work in restrictive spaces. These include but are not limited to:
- Employees working around confined spaces
- Construction workers
- Lab technicians
- Pipeline workers
- HVAC personnel
Every worker has the right to a safe work environment. 360Training’s Confined Space Training course is designed around OSHA standards and will provide the knowledge and skills needed to maintain/work in a safe, confining work environment.