Confined spaces can be extremely dangerous and are no places to take chances, or worse, to ‘learn as you go’. Employers need to comply with the Australian safety codes of practice to promote employee well-being and protect themselves from potential litigation.
The mistakes surrounding confined space entry can be deadly, even fatal, but can, fortunately, be avoided with confined space training courses. Here’s a closer look at three deadly mistakes that often occur in confined spaces:
1. Lack of Awareness of Safety Practices
Oversights often occur due to a lack of knowledge of potential hazards and safety measures. According to Safe Work Australia, a confined space is defined as an area where a person can bodily enter and exit but not designed for continuous occupancy.
If a confined space has a potentially hazardous atmosphere, has flammable substances, or an internal configuration that increases the risks of trapping or asphyxiation, or materials that can engulf the entrant, the employer may wish to contact us for confined space training.
2. Lack of Testing
Many toxic gases are colourless and odourless. For example, hydrogen sulphide is a gas often found in confined spaces. However, its characteristic ‘rotten egg’ smell is only discernable at low concentrations. At high concentrations, hydrogen sulphide paralyses your sense of smell. Our experienced confined space training experts explain how to identify potential hazards in a confined space.
Other toxic gases found in confined spaces could include carbon monoxide, methane, oxygen (high risks of combustion), solvent and paint vapours and gasoline.
3. Disregarding the Importance of Confined Space Training
When workers are trained to work in confined spaces and use personal protective equipment, the risks are greatly reduced. Complacency, false knowledge, and familiarity can lead to untoward incidents, especially when the time spent in the confined space is minimal. However, accidents can happen even in a short space of time, and workers must implement the best safety code of practice at all times.
Our confined space training courses involve online, hands-on and video learning for a well-rounded learning experience. Trained workers are much more likely to be aware of
While dealing with entry, exit or working in confined spaces, it’s best to err on the side of caution and take no unnecessary chances. Even minor emergencies in confined spaces may require a prompt and immediate response. Contractors, for example, are usually at much higher risk of accidents as they may not be familiar with site-specific confined space hazards.
Investing in our confined space training program can minimise the likelihood of accidents and mishaps. Please feel free to contact us on 1300 885 530 to learn more.