This course ensures that each worker present at a confined space is OSHA compliant and competently trained as an entrant, attendant, rescuer, or supervisor. Students will be taught the skills required for use on the worksite. Our confined space training classes teach skills such as: gauging safety hazards, creating entry permits, permit requirements, understanding the risks associated with confined spaces, ventilation, reclassification, entry procedures, and rescue procedures.
OSHA CONFINED SPACE DEFINITION
A confined space is defined as an area that is large enough for a person to enter and conduct work, but is not meant to be occupied by any individual for a continuous period of time. This is because confined spaces are generally accompanied by the risk of hazardous conditions in or around the area, making confined space training crucial to the safety of yourself and others. Additionally, confined spaces usually have limited means of entering or exiting the workspace. Examples of an osha confined space includes: water towers, sewer pipes, silos, storage bins, etc.
WHAT IS A CONFINED SPACE COMPETENT PERSON?
A Confined Space Competent Person is someone who has met or exceeded the Cal OSHA confined space standards for identifying, entering, supervising, and rescuing from a confined space. A confined space competent person is able to identify confined spaces and classify them as permit-required or non-required, as well as measure the associated risks and determine whether or not additional attention is needed. A competent person can also determine when, if ever, an employer can use ventilation in order to reclassify a permit-required confined space as permit non-required.
CONFINED SPACE COMPETENT PERSON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
The requirements for OSHA compliant Confined Space Training can be broken down into two roles, each with unique topics that must be covered:
An entrant is any person who will be working within a confined space. Our confined space entry training teaches these workers how to identify hazards within a confined space and be capable of communicating said hazards with the attendants (those outside of the space). Entrants must know how to properly store, wear, and use safety equipment within the confined space, such as gas masks, hazmat suits, goggles and harnesses. An entrant must also understand how to use self-rescue methods in the event of a catastrophe from which an attendant is not able to rescue them. Finally, they must be able to communicate with the attendant at all times and should be well-versed in the responsibilities of attendants as well.
An attendant is a person who is stationed outside of the confined space, whose main priority is the safety of the entrant. They must know how to determine and monitor unsafe working conditions, and to be able to respond accordingly. They should also be able to coordinate resources with the entrant to ensure a safe workflow. Finally, they are responsible for maintaining accurate counts of workers within the confined space, and must only allow qualified, authorized personnel into the confined space.
HOW LONG IS A CONFINED SPACE CERTIFICATION GOOD FOR?
Confined space certifications should be reviewed annually in the case of any changes to working conditions or processes used on the worksite. If these processes/conditions have not changed, then permits are generally good for 2-3 years. However, it is important to note that different countries and local regulations may cause this length of time to vary.
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