Many workplaces contain areas that are considered “confined spaces” because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, duct work, pipelines, etc.
OSHA uses the term “permit-required confined space” (permit space) to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains 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.
Employees should never enter permit-required confined spaces without being trained and without having a permit to enter. This training course will help employers in providing the proper and necessary OSHA required training concerning confined spaces. This course will take you approximately 30 minute to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Contents of the OSHA standard (1910.146)
- Definition of confined spaces
- Hazards of confined spaces
- Training for entrants, attendants & supervisors
- Acute or chronic effects
- Permit-required confined spaces
- Emergency rescue