A lot of things can go wrong when working in tight spaces, and not just bumping your head on a low ceiling or getting claustrophobic. Confined work spaces can be very dangerous as they are not necessarily designed for people, but are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires permits when working in a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains a material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.
Keep your workers safe while staying in compliance with OSHA with our available training resources:
Online Training [DVD & Streaming Video]
Confined Space 2-Part Series:
- Confined Space Entry: Emergency Rescue (Addresses OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146)
- This thorough review of the typical scenarios that rescue workers may encounter is presented with live-action footage. Your rescue team and emergency response personnel learn best safety practices and proven procedures to recover injured or incapacitated workers. Program includes: Rescue pre-planning and training, Proper use of safety and rescue equipment, and hazards of permit-required spaces.
- Confined Space Entry: Permit Required (Addresses OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146)
- Live action footage and high-resolution video is used to train workers on the hazards of working in a confined space and the importance of following proper entry procedures. Your workers will learn: Definition of a confined space, Proper entry procedures including permits, monitoring, and PPE, and the associated hazards and responsibilities. (*Available in French and Spanish).
- Exposing the dangers of confined spaces, this program provides workers with the knowledge of how to safely work within potentially hazardous conditions. Motivate your employees to follow best safety practices when working in or near confined spaces. Training includes: What is a confined space, Proper entry procedures including permits, monitoring, and PPE, and the associated hazards and responsibilities. (English/Spanish).
Summit Safety Alliance (SSA) provides onsite training for; Confined Space Awareness, Permit Confined Space and Confined Space: Emergency Rescue courses. All onsite options incorporate hands on training and can be offered in both English and Spanish. Train-the-Trainer courses are also available for each confined space topic. Courses can be customized to include company specific equipment and policies. Contact a Summit Safety Alliance Representative today at 800.447.3177 x250.
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