Confined Space Entry Training Online and On-Site
What is Confined Space Entry Training?
For many industries, confined space entry training is an important part of a comprehensive training program.
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 work sites, 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. OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.146 states the scope and application of permit-required confined spaces. 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 Entry 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.
New Construction Confined Space Entry Training Now Available
Confined Space Entry Training has long been available for General Industry applications. After careful study of work related accidents, OSHA opened new discussions on providing similar standards and regulations for the Construction Industry. The new rule was investigated for several year, before becoming it’s own standard, (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA). The rule went into effect August 3, 2015. Similar to it’s General Industry counterpart, workers that work in or near Confined Spaces, must be trained to work in a permit-required confined space. We are please to be able to offer this new training online and on-site if needed.
On-Line or On-Site Confined Space Entry Training?
Traditionally, the Confined Space Entry Training course is provided on-site. With technology advances, the course can also be taken online now. This is true for both the General Industry Course and the Construction Industry course. 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.