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Confined Spaces

60 Minutes

Working in confined spaces is an everyday occurrence in many occupations.  When these spaces are properly identified, assessed, entry plans are developed and are followed, work performed within a confined space can be completed safely and efficiently.

 

Our Confined Space program will provide participants with the information needed to understand the potential hazards of working in these spaces and the elements necessary to control those hazards prior to entry. Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued automatically.
 

Modules include: Confined Spaces, Confined Space Program, Hazard Assessment, Entry Plans, Entry Permit, Confined Space Controls, Roles and Responsibilities, On-Site Rescue.

 

 

Who needs Confined Space Awareness Training?

 

Anyone working in or around an area of the workplace designated as a Confined Space should be trained at the awareness level. The employer has the duty to ensure that the confined space awareness training is adequate to protect the health and safety of the workers who work in or around the confined space.

 

Those who actually perform the Hazard Assessment, create the Confined Space Entry program, enter or attend a Confined Space, or supervise an entry will require further training.

 

Some provinces, such as Ontario require an annual review of the confined space training program.

 

 

What constitutes a Confined Space?

 

The legal definition of a confined space varies slightly according to provincial regulations. These are summarized by the CCOHS (Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety) as an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • Is not primarily designed or intended for human occupancy

  • Has a restricted entrance or exit by way of location, size or means

  • Can represent a risk for the for the health and safety of anyone who enters, due to one or more of the following factors:

  • Its design, construction, location or atmosphere

  • The materials or substances in it

  • Work activities being carried out in it, or the mechanical, process and safety hazards present

Confined spaces can be below or above ground. Confined spaces can be found in almost any workplace. A confined space, despite its name, is not necessarily small. Examples of confined spaces include silos, vats,hoppers, utility vaults, tanks, sewers, pipes, access shafts, truck or rail tank cars, and aircraft wings. Ditches and trenches may also be a confined space when access or exit is limited. More information can be found here.

 

 

How often must workers be trained in Confined space entry?

 

The LDCA recommends a maximum of 2 years. A periodic reminder of safety practices is a wise precaution for due diligence purposes.

 

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