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Confined Spaces Training Q&A

Does OSHA mandate confined space training?
Yes. The OSHA standard 1910.146 (Permit Required Confined Spaces) regulates that employees must be protected from hazards (i.e. atmospheric hazards, engulfment hazards, internal configuration hazards, etc.) associated with entry and occupancy of confined spaces. A "confined space" refers to an enclosed area with such limited access as to make it dangerous. While not necessarily designed for people (or for comfort), there is adequate room for workers to fit and enough space for them to perform certain jobs. It is not designed for continuous occupancy. More specifically, OSHA delegates a permit-required confined space as having: (1) a potentially hazardous atmosphere; (2) potentially engulfing material; (3) an internal configuration that could potentially cause entrapment or asphyxiation; and/or (4) other recognized serious safety/health hazards.
Which employees require confined space training?
Any and all employees whose occupations or tasks involve entry and work in confined spaces must receive confined space training.
Which occupations typically require confined space training?
A multitude of industries deal with common confined spaces (tunnels, cold storage rooms, tanks, vaults, wells, ship holds, culverts, open ditches, manholes, sub-cellars, silos, and so forth), but these spaces may be encountered in practically any occupation. All employees dealing with confined spaces—which almost always include engineers, construction workers, water hygiene technicians, power station operators, miners, duct fitters, groundworkers, electricians, or anything in between—must be trained accordingly.
How often should refresher training be provided?
Refresher training is mandated whenever there is a change in permit space operations which presents a new procedure or a new potential hazard. Employers are also responsible for providing refresher training when supervisors have cause to believe that the employee displays inadequate knowledge or use of confined space entry (or occupancy) procedures.
Is a crawl space beneath a building considered a confined space that requires a permit?
This depends on the size and shape of entry (and passage), the actual transition into the space, and whether or not the space includes other potential hazards. How easily can a person enter and move around in the space? If the crawl space is reached by way of a trap door (or a ladder, or a small portal) that is difficult to reach (i.e. due to pipes or duct work) or encumbers entry/exit, then this crawl space would be considered a confined space. Crawl spaces may also be considered hazardous and confined if they contain utility services lines (natural gas, sewage, electric power, water, etc.) and if the contents of the piping would be dangerous in the case of a rupture or leak. Some crawl spaces may be rendered non-permit spaces if hazards are not present or if there is enough ventilation (natural or mechanical) to prevent the accretion of a hazardous atmosphere.

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Training Format Comparison Chart

Price DVD Kit
Online Training
In-Person Training
  • DVD cost effectively trains and retrains an unlimited amount of employees.
  • No trainer required, just pop in and play.
  • Video content keeps trainees engaged.
  • Very convenient, multiple employees don’t need to be pulled off the floor at once for a training session.
  • Includes both video content and an interactive quiz element to keep workers engaged.
  • More engaging than traditional training formats.
  • Can be customized to fit a companies specific work environment and equipment.
  • The only training option that can cover the "hands on" and "evaluation" portions of the training in addition to the " classroom" portion of the training.
  • Can be difficult to pull multiple workers off the floor at once to watch the video.
  • The DVD can get lost or scratched.
  • DVD can only train workers at a single location.
  • Due to the per person pricing format, it’s expensive for large companies that need to train hundreds or thousands of employees.
  • By far the most expensive training medium.
  • Administering refresher training as well as initial training for new employees can be a logistical nightmare.

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