Cal OSHA Confined Space Training & Requirements

Course Description

Hawkeye Safety’s Cal OSHA confined space training course will ensure that each worker present at a confined space will be competently trained as an entrant, attendant, rescuer, or supervisor. Students will be taught a number of useful skills for use on the worksite, including gauging safety hazards, creating entry permits, and understanding the risks associated with confined spaces.

The class lasts about 6 in-person hours, and covers topics like ventilation, reclassification, entry and rescue procedures, and permit requirements. By the end of the class, the students will be certified as Confined Space Competent.


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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.


Who needs a confined space training certificate?

Anyone who will be working as an entrant or attendant will need to be confined space competent. The specifics of this will vary greatly depending on the nature and size of the job. While it doesn’t hurt to go ahead and get everyone certified, including rescuers and supervisors, definitely ensure you have met the bare minimum for legality in your state and safety for your workers.  


Confined Space Course Requirements:

The requirements for Cal OSHA confined space training can be broken down into two roles, each with unique topics that must be covered:

  1. Entrants – An entrant is any person who will be working within a confined space. They must know how to identify hazards within a confined space, and to communicate said hazards with the attendants outside of the space.  They must also know how to properly store, wear, and use safety equipment that is to be used 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 also be able to communicate with the attendant at all times and should be well-versed in the responsibilities of attendants themselves.
  2. Attendants – 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 flow of work. 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.

Hawkeye Safety confined space training offers comprehensive instruction on all of the above topics, plus much more. By choosing Hawkeye Safety, you’re giving your workers the best resources possible in order to prevent workplace incidents.  


When should I recertify my Confined Space Training?

It’s important to renew your Cal OSHA confined space training as soon as the need to do so becomes apparent (i.e. after an incident). If you feel any OSHA standards for confined spaces are being skipped over or neglected, it’s likely time to recertify.  Additionally, you may choose to be vigilant and renew training every six months, just to be safe. Should no need be immediately apparent, the OSHA guideline is for employers to review the permitting program, and for confined space competent personnel to make practice rescues, once every 12 months.

Only by taking the proper confined space training can we truly come closer to eliminating confined space fatalities. It really boils down to ensuring that everyone who enters a confined space, or who watches over the entrants, is properly trained. Hawkeye Safety Training also offers a “Train the Trainer” course, should you wish to train your own employees on confined space safety.  And of course, for any OSHA questions or comments you have, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to help. Let’s become safer, together.


** Subject to minimum class size requirements. All classes must be paid in advance. Missed and/ or re-scheduled classes with less than 1 weeks notice are non-refundable. Students are placed in a future class. Classes with less than 10 students may be rescheduled. All safety classes are payable in advance. Cancellation fees will apply unless 1 week written cancellation notice is given. Cancellation with less than 1 week written notice is non-refundable. Students will be placed in a future class if they cancel or “no show” with less than 1 week notice. Minimum class size requirements are subject to change without notice.

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