Confined space entry and rescue procedures prevent injuries and save lives. Therefore, proper and complete training is essential to ensure that these procedures are carried out with maximum effectiveness.
It's important to devise a thorough curriculum when developing your training program for confined space entry and rescue. The following are six topics that need to be covered for confined space entry and rescue training to be complete:
Identification of hazards
Hazard identification is perhaps one of the most important parts of confined space entry and rescue training. Employees need to be aware of what all the hazards are as well as how they should react to these hazards.
Confined space hazards vary widely by scenario and can include issues like atmospheric dangers resulting from contaminants in the air and slip-and-fall hazards from working with steep surfaces.
Employees need to be aware of the importance of ensuring constant air circulation. If air circulation and ventilation are concerns, they need to be trained on how to use equipment including air tanks, ventilators, and respirators.
Permit requirements for confined space work
Employees should be aware of what the legal requirements are for doing confined space work to avoid violations that could compromise safety. Confined space entry is thoroughly regulated when procedures involve dealing with hazardous scenarios like a dangerous atmosphere or steeply sloping walls.
Risk assessments should be performed whenever confined space entry is required to determine the dangers and create a pre-entry checklist. If a permit is necessary for confined space entry, an entry supervisor should be appointed to ensure safety during routine work procedures as well as rescue situations.
Rescue preparation tasks
Preparation tasks for rescue training include compiling the necessary gear and securing the area. Employees should understand all the prep work that needs to be taken care of even before a rescue starts as part of confined space rescue training.
Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) often includes helmets, gloves, harnesses, steel-toed footwear, goggles, and ventilators. The required PPE depends on the environment and the hazards that are being faced.
Use of monitoring devices
The use of monitoring devices is often necessary for confined space entry and rescue. The air may need to be tested constantly for adequate oxygen levels and the presence of potentially deadly toxins.
Also, temperature monitoring equipment might also be necessary depending on the atmosphere and climate where the confined space entry is work and/or rescue is taking place. For more information regarding confined space entry and rescue training, contact a company such as Firewise Training & Consulting.