Lack of confined space training is one of the significant causes of fatalities in Australia. In many of the confined spaces, it may not be possible to reduce the risk levels, but the entrant can exercise requisite caution for increased safety.
A Confined Space: Definition and Introduction
According to Safe Work Australia, a confined space has to meet the following criteria in order to qualify as a confined space:
- It should be large enough for at least one employee to enter and exit
- It has a restricted or limited capacity for entry and exit
- It is not designed for continuous occupancy
Workers may often come into contact with confined spaces even on a daily basis, leading to a significant increase in health and safety risks. Entering a confined space without adequate training can prove extremely dangerous or even fatal in some cases.
In general, confined spaces can be divided into two categories: Permit and non-permit spaces. Let’s start by understanding the difference between the two.
Permit Confined Spaces
These are the most dangerous confined spaces and require a legal permit for entry and exit. Once you complete our detailed confined space training, you’ll receive a confined spaces ticket with a fixed validity during which you’ll be eligible to enter and exit such spaces.
A confined space permit covers crucial points, such as:
- The number of people in the confined space
- The purpose of entry
- The time spent inside
- Precautionary measures
- Atmospheric conditions and nature of hazards
- Equipment required, including testing measuring, alarm systems
- Mode of communication
- Emergency evacuation
Once a space has been identified as hazardous, the employer should consider signposting the confined space to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
Non-permit confined spaces do not involve the high level of risk associated with confined spaces. Examples of non-permit confined spaces could include machinery cabinets, drop ceilings, ventilated tunnels, crawl spaces under houses etc.
Why Confined Space Training Is Crucial
Creating awareness around the hazards helps mitigate the risks and reduce the likelihood of fatalities. Our dedicated coaches will explain the importance of testing the atmosphere for pollutants, contaminants, and other noxious substances during confined spaces training.
We will also discuss the confined space code of practice and legal obligations that employers must uphold to ensure worker safety. After completing the course, managers and supervisors will be in a better position to determine the risk level and ensure that the attendants or workers use the right equipment.
We, at Company Name, offer confined space training not only to managers and supervisors but also to farmers working in silos.