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Health
Confined Space Safety

OVERVIEW
“Confined Space Hazards” is designed for all employees who work around permit-required confined spaces, but not necessarily in a permit-required confined space.
If you have any permit-required confined spaces on your site, each of your workers needs to complete this training program. This course will define a permit-required confined space and discuss all of the hazardous aspects of confined spaces.
Your workers will learn about confinement, atmospheric and process hazards. They will also learn about hazard control and the permit program.
Audience:
All employees who work as entrants in a permit required confined space or have responsibilities under your confined space entry program or work near a permit required confined space.
Title 29, Part 1910, Section 146
TOPICS

The course presents interactive instruction covering the following topical areas:

 

Confinement Hazards

  • Entry and Exit Dangers
  • Difficult to Occupy
  • Part of a Process

 

Atmospheric Hazards

  • Entering the Space’s Atmosphere
  • Asphyxiating Atmospheres
  • Toxic Atmospheres
  • Flammable Atmospheres

Process Hazards

  • Energy-related Hazards
  • Content-related Hazards
  • Other Hazards

Hazard Controls

  • Isolation
  • Purging, Cleaning, and Ventilation
  • Protective Equipment
  • Work Practices

Permits

  • The Permit Program
  • The Permit Checklist


PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

This course will measure mastery on each of the following performance objectives. Upon completion, workers will be able to...

Explain confinement hazards

  • Define confined space.
  • List dangers posed by the shape and size of the space.
  • List dangers posed by the shape and size of the entrance.
  • Define process hazard.
  • List hazards caused by lack of design for human occupancy.
  • List injuries and accidents that can result from limited ability to move.

Respect the danger of confinement hazards

  • Explain the multiplicity of risk posed by confined spaces.
  • Explain confinement hazards affect the senses.

Explain atmospheric hazards

  • List the three categories of atmospheric hazards.
  • Define an oxygen deficient atmosphere.
  • Describe conditions that can cause oxygen deficiency.
  • Compare the behavior of heavy and light gases.
  • Describe the conditions that can lead to fire and explosion.
  • Describe conditions that can cause toxic atmospheres.

Respect the danger of atmospheric hazards

  • Explain the significance of breaking the plane.
  • Explain the danger of oxygen deficiency.
  • Explain how some toxins can affect the sense of smell.
  • Explain why rescuers are often victims.
  • List ways toxic atmospheres effect the respiratory systems and body.

Respect energy and other process hazards

  • Recognize the dangers posed by radiant heat.
  • Explain the effects of excessive noise and vibration on the body.
  • List conditions and actions outside the space that create hazards inside the space.
  • Explain the dangers posed by the system in a process space.

Explain the dangers of content hazards

  • List ways toxic substances can harm the body.
  • Explain the dangers posed by biological hazards.
  • Describe types of hazardous conditions posed by substances.
  • Explain the dangers of finely divided solids.


Value space preparation prior to entry

  • List hazards that isolation controls.
  • List hazards that purging and cleaning control.
  • List hazards that ventilation controls.
  • List hazards that atmospheric testing and monitoring controls.
  • Relate control measures to personal safety.


Value hazard control during entry

  • Relate work practices to personal safety.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to proper control measures.
  • List common types of personal protective equipment.

Explain how hazards are controlled

  • Explain how isolation controls hazards.
  • Explain how purging and cleaning control hazards.
  • Explain how testing and monitoring control hazards.
  • Explain how personal protective equipment controls hazards.


Value the permit program

  • Explain the basic concepts of the permit program.
  • Recognize the permit programs as a systematic approach to controlling hazards.
  • Acknowledge personal responsibility in following permit procedures.
  • Relate personal safety to adherence to permit procedure.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the permit system.

 

Initiate proper emergency procedures

  • Explain why rescue must not be done by attendant.
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