Confined Space Awareness
This online training course is designed to provide the knowledge needed to work safely in confined spaces.
DURATION | 45 minutes
CONFINED SPACE AWARENESS
Confined spaces have the potential to be very dangerous places to work. Hazardous gases in confined spaces are especially dangerous. Hydrogen sulphide has factored in dozens of workplace fatalities. Other hazards include: oxygen enrichment, oxygen deficiency, excessive temperature, flowing liquid and flowing solids.
On average, in the UK alone 15 people lose their lives each year from working in confined space. So it is vital, those who work in confined spaces are aware of potential hazards and how to avoid them.
This CPD-accredited, online confined space course takes around 45 minutes to complete course provides this knowledge.
At the end of the course there is a 15-question multiple-choice assessment. Participants must achieve the 80% pass-mark to show they understand the learning objectives and receive the certificate.
This online Confined Space course is designed to provide staff with an understanding of correct confined space entry (CSE) procedures and their importance. This includes: the hazards associated with confined space work, the requirements for workers in confined spaces and the consequences of not following correct procedures.
Essentially, this course will teach you how to be safe if you ever have to work in confined spaces.
Depending on your role, additional training may be required. For example, how to use specific breathing apparatus.
On completion of this online confined space training course learners will;
- Know their responsibilities with respect to relevant confined space legislation
- Understand the hazards typical to confined spaces and how to manage them
- Identify the duties of each confined space team member
- Be aware of the dangers of confined space rescues
- Understand the best-practice precautions for working in or around confined spaces
UNIT 1 | INTRODUCTION
Firstly, we outline the course goal, what confined spaces are, confined space legislation and provide examples of confined spaces.
UNIT 2| DANGERS OF CONFINED SPACES
Secondly, we look in more detail at why confined spaces pose serious risks to employees if appropriate precautions are not taken. We highlight the main hazards of oxygen deficiency and toxic gases. Finally, we highlight the importance of atmospheric testing.
UNIT 3| SAFE SYSTEMS OF WORK
Thirdly, we cover the steps needed to fulfil legal obligations and reduce the risks to employees. Specifically, risk assessments, suggested control measures and safety equipment.
UNIT 4| RESPONSIBILTIES
Fourthly, we detail the roles of each team member. Specifically the supervisor, observer and entrant.
UNIT 5 | QUIZ
Achieving the minimum pass mark or higher in the end of course assessment releases a completion certificate which evidences training.
Everyone who undertakes or supervises confined space work
At the end of the online Confined Space training there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz. If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate. If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.
The certificate is valid for 2 years.
- CPD-accredited certificate
- Complies with UK legislation
- Self-paced, learn anywhere
- Available on phones, tablets and desktops
- Carbon net-zero product
CONFINED SPACE LEGISLATION
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 19991 and the Confined Spaces Regulations 19972 combine to put various obligations on employers and employees with respect to work in confined spaces.
These responsibilities include:
- Risk assess the work.
- If possible, avoid confined space entry work, e.g. by doing the work from the outside.
- Follow a safe system of work (note: a safe system of work includes appropriate training, such as this course).
- Before any work is started, have a rescue plan in the event of an emergency.
In addition to helping employers meet moral responsibilities for the safety of employees, this Confined Space course presents a cost and time effective way for employers to meet their ‘safe system of work’ duties in respect of training.
WHAT IS A CONFINED SPACE?
The Confined Space Regulations 1997 define confined spaces as “any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk”.
A confined space refers to any enclosed space which poses a risk due to free-flowing liquids, excess of oxygen, high temperatures, flammable, explosive or oxygen deprived areas on site. Working in confined spaces requires a high level of awareness when it comes to the risks involved.
Taking responsibility for the correct safety measures, and implementing them thoroughly could mean the difference between life and death.
The correct signage must always be in place in order to alert all workers on site of every hazard associated with the space. This will help to ensure that accidents are avoided, and that the correct safety measures are implemented.
Confined space work should only be undertaken if the work cannot be carried out in any other way.
When working in a confined space, many of the hazards cannot be seen, for example noxious fumes or reduced oxygen levels.
Depending on where the confined space work is being carried out, other hazards might exist. For example, drowning as a result of flooding or asphyxiation from contaminants such as dust or grain.
A risk assessment should always be carried out prior to any confined space entry work. This will help identify potential hazards. The risk assessment process includes identifying the ways these risks might be mitigated against. For example, the ventilation of noxious fumes or the provision of breathing apparatus.
The work should be evaluated for risk prior to every undertaking. Just because a confined space is safe one day, does not mean it will always be safe.
There should always be an emergency plan, which all relevant personnel should be familiar with. This emergency plan will include emergency evacuation and recovery procedures.
Anyone working in confined spaces should be capable and trained in both the work and the use of any emergency equipment.
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