IS YOUR COMPANY IN COMPLIANCE WITH CONFINED SPACE REQUIREMENTS?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Confined space” means a space that:
- Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; and
- Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and
- Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Many employers have Confined Spaces on their worksites, and are not sure which safety standards apply to them, and what the requirements are for employee training.
Understanding what OSHA expects from employers from a regulatory standpoint is the first step. 29 CFR 1910.146 is the OSHA standard that applies, and it requires specific training, procedures, and documentation for work in and around Confined Spaces. Training will give employers and employees this critical information. Information about Entry Permits, required written programs, and rescue planning are covered.
Proper Confined Space Training will show employers and employees what the principal hazards are in Confined Spaces, and how to protect themselves from them. Whether the danger is engulfment, toxic or flammable atmospheres, or other physical or environmental hazards, employee awareness and protection are the most important aspect of Confined Space operations. Worker injuries and fatalities are preventable with the right mix of information and commitment from management.
WHICH TRAINING SETTING IS BEST?
Both traditional onsite Confined Space Training, and online Confined Space Training offer advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the right format will help to ensure that attendees get the most out of the training. Classroom-based, onsite training allows the instructor to customize the content of the training to a company’s particular operations and hazards, but in today’s competitive business environment, scheduling can sometimes be an issue. With online OSHA training, attendees can work on the training anywhere with internet access (eliminating travel costs), and can complete it as scheduling allows. Whichever is more appropriate, quality Confined Space Training is a valuable tool to reduce losses, and the potential for OSHA fines for non-compliance.