Is worker training important?

Yes, appropriate training is extremely important to working safely in confined spaces. Hands-on training should be an essential part of the confined space training.

Every worker that enters a confined space must be fully trained on the following:

  • Recognition and identification of potential hazards associated with the confined spaces that will be entered.
  • Evaluation and control procedures for the identified or potential hazards.
  • All equipment such as ventilation equipment (blowers), harnesses and air quality monitors (e.g., Oxygen/combustible meters) that will be used while in the confined space.
  • All personal protective equipment (e.g., respirators) that the worker will be using while in the confined space.
  • All procedures for entering the confined space as outlined in the employer’s Confined Space Hazard Assessment Programme.
  • Procedures to follow in the event of a situation developing that could present additional risk to the worker or in emergency.
  • The specific work to be done while in the confined space.

Workers with emergency rescue responsibilities will need additional specialized training. All confined space training should include some hands-on training with the safety equipment including the personal protective equipment and safety harnesses. Rescue procedures should be practiced frequently so there is a high level of proficiency. Employers should keep records of all confined spaces training including refresher courses.


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TRAINING

   

Have you been trained in proper use of a respirator?

   

Have you received first aid/CPR training?

   

Have you been trained in confined space entry and do you know what to look for?

 

 
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