Working in confined spaces presents challenges and hazards that many workers may not experience elsewhere. Confined spaces are not designed for continuous occupancy, and have limited means of entering and exiting. They can also expose workers to environmental hazards such as harmful substances.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 100 to 150 workers die each year from injuries involving confined spaces. To prevent accidents, it is imperative that workers in confined spaces are adequately trained and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Professional training from health and safety specialists is a must when preparing your employees for working in confined spaces.
What should I look for in confined spaces training?
While not all confined spaces need special permits, all confined space workers should receive comprehensive confined spaces training. These are some of the objectives you should look for in a confined spaces training course:
- Identifying confined spaces — Trained workers should be able to identify a confined space. They should also know the difference between a confined space and a permit space.
- Selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) — Wearing the correct PPE is crucial to confined space safety. Your workers must be able to identify and properly equip the correct PPE for the environment in which they will be working.
- Identifying hazards — Identifying hazards is the first step toward preventing injury. Confined space workers need to be able to recognize hazards such as fall risk, harmful substance exposure and electrical dangers.
- Following procedures — The proper procedures for working in a confined space should be well known to your workers. OSHA regulations as well as industry standards must be followed at all times to ensure safety. This includes emergency procedures in the event of an accident or injury.
Where should my company turn for confined spaces training?
Basin Safety is your trusted company for health and safety training for your workforce. Our Confined Space Entry Program and our other workplace health and safety courses are compliant with OSHA standards. This program establishes procedures designed to ensure the safety of all employees entering confined spaces no matter the location.
Trust Basin Safety to keep your workforce safe and compliant. We are dedicated to helping you meet your workplace safety goals. Contact us today for more information on our services.