There are many occupations which require workers to be in confined spaces during their shift, including utility workers, miners, construction workers and many others. If emergencies occur during a shift, it can be difficult removing injured personnel from confined areas, especially when they are underground. Fortunately, confined space training can make sure companies have trained staff on hand to help remove trapped personnel to prevent further complications.
What is a Confined Space?
A confined space is a space large enough for a worker to enter and complete a task. Confined spaces often have limited or restricted entrances and exits and they are not meant for continuous use. Some examples include tanks, silos, storage bins, manholes, tunnels, vaults, ductwork, pipelines, vessels, etc.
Permit Required Confined Spaces
Some confined spaces require permits for employees to enter and work. Permits are required if:
- The space contains or has the potential to be a hazardous atmosphere.
- Has material which could trap, or engulf, someone in the space.
- Contains serious safety and health hazards.
- The spaced is configured in such a way someone could be trapped or suffocate due to converging walls or a downward sloping floor which narrows to a smaller section.
If your company has confined spaces which require permits for employees to enter, then you must provide emergency and rescue services. These services can be:
- Outside services, such as local fire departments.
- Nonentry rescues
If your company decides to offer in-house rescue and emergency services, rescue workers must have permits for entering confined spaces and they need to simulate a rescue once every 12 months using a mannequin or a live person.
Having in-house emergency and rescue workers can mean the difference between life and death. Fortunately, there are companies that provide training your staff needs to rescue any one trapped in a confined space.