Working in confined spaces: How to train online
A confined space is a space not designed or intended for human occupancy, has limited or restricted entry and exit points, and presents risks to the person entering the space (e.g. the materials or substances in the space, the structural integrity of the space, or the work activities being carried out).
Confined spaces are everywhere; they can also be both above and below ground. Furthermore, many, many different jobs require workers to work in confined spaces, such as manholes, water vaults, silos, and cold storage units, to name a few.
This article will discuss working in confined spaces in more detail, followed up with a little information on our online training course.
What is working in confined spaces?
As previously mentioned, confined spaces can be found in nearly all workplace environments. However, some lines of work encounter these daily, and thus require the appropriate training and assessments to ensure the safety of all workers.
Before working in a confined space, a health and risk assessment should be conducted. You should follow the specific regulations of your workplace, not just addressing general hazards, but risks associated with the individual space. If the confined space cannot be made safe or deemed safe, then no worker should enter the space until this is achieved through a detailed risk assessment.
The hazards of working in confined spaces
Working in confined spaces presents numerous hazards, including:
- Poor air quality
- Chemical exposure
- Physical hazards (e.g. noise, heat, cold)
- Barrier failure
- The structural integrity of the space
- Biological hazards
These hazards are just a handful of the risks associated with confined spaces. Not all apply to each space, though. Therefore, it’s essential to conduct an individual risk assessment for each space and job, increasing the safety for all those involved.
Working in confined spaces can often be more dangerous than many other work environments. This is for several reasons, but include:
- Being unable to escape the space in the event of an accident
- Rescue of the victim can be difficult & self-rescue can be impossible
- Work activities may present new hazards
- Natural ventilation can sometimes not be enough
In particular, when workers are stuck in these spaces, they require additional help. Not only is rescuing someone stuck in a confined space difficult, but it’s also extremely dangerous. In fact, this significantly endangers the life of the rescuer, especially if additional risks are added since the original incident.
This should illustrate the importance of appropriate confined space training and risk assessment management, increasing the safety of all of those involved.
Why choose online training?
Online training is an excellent method of delivering confined space training to your employees. Not only is this super accessible, but it’s relatively low cost, especially when considering logistics such as training days, travel expenses, and other related costs.
For more information about our Working in Confined Spaces online training course visit our course page.
For more information about our training, contact us on 01344 830015.