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Confined Space Rescue Training helps employees deal with dangers, the work in the area, and be aware of what steps they must take if something should go wrong. Workers like, linemen must often crawl down inside underground vaults and work safely in confined spaces.

According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) standards, a confined space is that “has limited or restricted means for entry or exit” & “is not designed for continuous worker occupancy.” These types of spaces are so restrictive that employees trying to get in or out of them will struggle to conduct their jobs properly. Confined space accidents are of special concern to OSHA because they often involve multiple fatalities or injuries which occur when untrained rescuers suffer the same fate as the originial victim.

Confined Space Training equips workers with the skills & knowledge necessary to reduce the risks of injury when working in confined spaces, including precautions such as testing the air quality, forced ventilation, proper observation & monitoring of workers in the space, & rescue procedures using appropriate safety harnesses & other equipment.

Typically confined spaces include storage bins, tanks, manholes, vaults, pits, & pipelines. A “permit-required confined space” (permit space) is characterized by OSHA as a space with the following:

  • Dangerous or potentially-hazardous surroundings.
  • Substances that can consume the person in the area (engulfment).
  • Walls that cave inwards or sloping floors that lead to a smaller space that can trap the entrant.
  • Other safety hazards such as machines, live wires, or heat.

Many companies have these spaces in their workplaces and management may find it hard to decipher which safety standards they ought to follow, and what requirements must be met to adhere to worker safety training standards. It is imperative that employees and employers are aware of the hazards in confined spaces, as well as the safety precautions necessary to protect them from danger. Hazards such as environmental toxins and engulfment can be avoided when everyone is properly trained on the latest safety standards.

Getting trained in a classroom setting or online are both acceptable. Online training is convenient because it is obtainable to everyone without having to travel, & facilitates the completion of the work when the employee’s schedule allows. Classroom-based training can be beneficial because the training can be custom-made according to the company’s operational hazards & specific needs, although scheduling the actual training may be difficult.

If you recognise the need for your team to be trained in confined space rescue then get in contact with the team at F.I.T.

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