OSHA defines a confined space as any space that is not designed for continuous occupation, and that has limited means of entry or exit. While these spaces may not have been designed for people, they often require workers to enter them for maintenance or repairs. However, this work can often be hazardous. Exposure to harmful substances, fall risks, entrapment and asphyxiation are just a few of the risks that workers can face while working in a confined space.
Confined space entry can be dangerous all on its own when not done with caution. Workers can become stuck, injured, or trapped when attempting to enter or exit a confined space. Careful entry is also required to prevent equipment or environmental hazards from blocking the exit of a confined space. This can prevent rescue teams from reaching workers who may need assistance. It is for these reasons that all workers who are required to enter a confined space need specific training to avoid injuring themselves and others.
How can my workers benefit from confined space entry training?
A comprehensive confined space entry program should provide the knowledge that your workers need to protect themselves from injury or death while working in a confined space. Here are four benefits that they should take away from confined space entry training:
- Knowledge of acceptable entry standards —OSHA has clearly defined acceptable entry conditions that must exist in order to allow entry into a confined space. Knowledge of these conditions is vital, as well as the ability to recognize when acceptable entry conditions are not met.
- Identifying permit-required confined spaces — Workers need to be able to know the difference between a confined space and a confined space that requires a permit to enter. Workers without the necessary permits should not be working within or around a permit-required confined space.
- Understanding vital personnel roles — All workers should be aware of the necessary personnel who must be present during confined space work, as well as what their roles are. This includes confined space supervisors, contractors, rescue personnel and attendants.
- Knowledge of equipment use — This can include knowledge of equipment use to enter a confined space, such as lifts, harness systems and ladders. It should also include the identification and use of personal protective equipment.
How can I best prepare my employees for working in a confined space?
Confined space entry training is just one of the many workplace safety programs offered by Basin Safety. Our confined space training and safety program will prepare your workers for the hazards of working within a confined space. The program covers hands-on skills needed during confined space work, including personal protective equipment, risk analysis and equipment familiarization.
Basin Safety’s many workplace training programs are compliant with all OSHA as well as local regulations. Our safety material is built to help you prepare your team for potential hazards as well as ensuring that they will be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Contact Basin Safety today to learn more about our safety training, equipment, field and consultation services. We have years of experience working with a variety of industries, with comprehensive services to keep your workplace safe and compliant.