Confined Spaces

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Imagine working in an environment where running out of oxygen or coming face-to-face with an explosion is a possibility every day. This is a possibility of what confined spaces workers encounter on a daily basis.

Appropriate training is extremely important to working in confined spaces. With the correct training, workers can get jobs in confined spaces done safely. Without it, disasters happen. Take for example the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster that claimed the lives of 29 miners out of 31 miners present at the job site.

While hands-on training is an essential part of the training, giving workers an understanding of the hazards associated with working in confined spaces before they even set-foot near one can help prevent accidents and incidents down-the-line.

Certain aspects of confined spaces training are similar across industries, but many jobs done in a confined space will have their own set of hazards.

Use these resources to give workers part of their confined-spaces training. As well, use them to educate workers on the proper emergency protocols to take and show examples of what can go wrong when confined spaces work is done incorrectly.

Meeting Kits

Confined Spaces and Flammables

Fire and explosion are among the serious hazards associated with confined spaces. When the atmosphere inside the confined space contains flammable gas, flammable liquid vapor or even dust in certain quantities, heat or a spark can set off a massive explosion.

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Confined Space Standby Person: Racing To The Rescue Is Death For You

Two employees from a local construction company were assigned to repair a sewer line leak. One employee was responsible for entering the sewer—a confined space—to repair the leak. The other stayed topside as a standby person. During the repair, toxic fumes overcame the employee inside the confined space, who collapsed unconscious into a waist-deep pool of water. The standby employee, recognizing the emergency, entered the sewer to rescue his co- worker. Unfortunately he was unprepared and untrained to handle the toxic fumes. Instead of a heroic rescue, both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Learn to Recognize a Confined Space Hazard

Is there a manhole to a sewage system near your workplace, or an underground vault for an electrical system? Any boiler, tunnel, well, silo, shaft or poorly ventilated crawl space can be a potentially dangerous confined space. Even if your job doesn’t involve entering a confined space, if there is one nearby it is important to be aware of the dangers.

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Confined Spaces Can be Deadly

Confined spaces are dangerous for many reasons. They may be poorly ventilated, causing an accumulation of toxic gases or hazardous airborne substances, or a lack of oxygen. There may be moving equipment, slippery or dangerous surfaces, electric shock hazards, falling objects, water or other liquid contents, chemicals or extreme temperatures. Noise, poor visibility or shifting materials such as grain or sand could be present.

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Entering Confined Spaces is Dangerous

A confined space is traditionally defined as an area large enough for a person to enter but not designed for continuous occupancy.

It will usually have limited access, poor ventilation, and/or poor lighting. The space may contain a hazardous atmosphere such as toxic vapors or combustible gases. There may also be a lack of oxygen. Other risks may include getting entangled in moving machinery, entrapment because of the shape of the confined space or becoming engulfed in water, grain, or other materials.

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Safety Videos

Confined Space Entry Safety Video

Confined spaces are responsible for many deaths every year due to lack of training. Video covers risks and safety standards for confined spaces. Gives detailed information on testing, ventilation, and rescue procedures.

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Online Courses

Confined Space and Engulfment Awareness for Oil & Gas Operations

Confined spaces are some of the most hazardous work environments. This course will teach employees the hazards and safety precautions associated with confined spaces, with a heavy emphasis on OSHA safety requirements. Employees will learn how to identify confined spaces, their hazards, methods used to control those hazards and the regulations regarding `permit-required’ confined spaces. This course is intended for oil and gas industry employees who are required to work in or around areas defined by OSHA as confined spaces. This course is designed to help employers meet OSHA’s standards on permit-required confined spaces.

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Confined Space Awareness

Confined spaces are some of the most hazardous work environments. This course will teach employees the hazards and safety precautions associated with confined spaces, with a heavy emphasis on OSHA safety requirements. Employees will learn how to identify confined spaces, their hazards, methods used to control those hazards and the regulations regarding `permit-required’ confined spaces. This course is intended for general industry employees who are required to work in or around areas defined by OSHA as confined spaces. This course is designed to help employers meet OSHA’s standards on permit-required confined spaces.

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