Confined Spaces and Hazardous Atmospheres Safety and Awareness Training
Are you required to work in enclosed spaces in your job? Do you need a Confined Space ticket as proof of training? Do you need a refresher course for Unit Standards?
What is a Confined Space?
The definition of a Confined Space can be remembered by this handy acronym:
Enclosed or partially enclosed
Not primarily for humans
Toxic or hazardous substances
Engulfment or entrapment
Restricted means of entry or access
Entry into a Confined Space can be one of the most hazardous activities undertaken in the workplace. Countless workers are killed or injured each year where there has been a failure to take adequate safeguards before entering. Extreme caution and care MUST be taken at all times.
Confined Spaces are located in almost every working environment, such as:
- Construction – excavations, tanks, subsurface areas, utility vaults
- Transportation – pipelines, tunnels, locks
- Agriculture – manure pits, silos, grain bins, septic tanks, pumping list station
- Longshoring and Ships – compartments, holds, tanks
- Industrial – mixer, storage tanks, digesters, reactor vessels, boilers, holding tank, ducts, vehicle repair pit
- Mining – shafts, tunnels, excavations
We cannot stress the risks involved with working in an enclosed space. More than 60% of Confined Space fatalities occur among would-be rescuers. There are many possible causes of death in a Confined Space. These include:
- Oxygen deficiencies
- Fires and explosions
- High levels of toxic chemicals
- Configuration hazards
- Engulfment from liquids and flowable solids
Now you have an idea of what Confined Spaces and Hazardous Atmospheres are and the risks involved, keep reading to learn about our training! We offer training Face-to-Face as a full-day Competency-Based training for both first time trainees and for experienced workers needing refreshers. For those who are experienced and just need a quick refresher however, we can also offer this training Online.
We run this course as a Private, Company-Specific Training or as a Public Course every month.
Private, Company-Specific Training
Our Private, Company-Specific course is perfect if you have a group of up to 10 people. We can tailor-make this course to suit your industry, and we can incorporate any of your own procedures. Prices for this start at $2,950.00 + GST depending on your location, for up to 10 people. This is generally held at our training centre in Whangarei, Northland, however we can hold it at your site if there is a suitable training area, and if our trainer is able to carry out a site visit (or at least view the area via photos) prior to the training to ensure the area is suitable. Contact us if you would like to book this for your team. Half-day refresher training may be available upon request, if you have proof of previous training.
We supply all harnesses, high-vis and hard hats, but please ensure you wear suitable footwear and clothing. Generally what you would normally wear on site will be fine.
You can check to see if we have any upcoming Public Courses here. This is great if you have just one or a few people needing this training. This is a full-day course and runs at a set date and time at our training centre on Kioreroa Road in Whangarei, Northland. The price for our Public Confined Spaces and Hazardous Atmospheres Safety and Awareness Training is $295.00 + GST per person.
We also have a Confined Spaces and Hazardous Atmospheres Training online. Online training is a good supplement to practical experience and competency, and can be a way to gain knowledge and understanding before or after practical training. It is a great way to learn about the training and all the course content before or after discussions with our trainer(s). It can also be used as an effective safety and awareness training refresher and in large scale or rapid roll-out training situations. Online Training in some cases may not be suitable and it is up to the individual or management to decide when and where it is appropriate.
The cost for this is $169.00 + GST and it takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. Trainees can access the training on their own time whenever suits them. They will receive login details and instructions on how to access the course. It contains a mix of visual and written information in an interactive format, and there is a quiz to complete. Trainees must receive a 90% pass-rate to be able to download their certificate.
This course is aimed at ensuring people working in confined spaces and hazardous atmospheres can understand and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes for all essential areas covered under the full “best practice” guidelines in the workplace.
It discusses the environment where a confined space can be found and things such as open tops, small hatchways and tank like spaces.
This course also covers hazardous atmospheres including toxic substances, corrosive and asphyxiating atmospheres. Some Hazardous Atmospheres can be flammable and can have significantly low oxygen levels which could cause serious harm. Learning how to identify and test for a Hazardous Atmosphere will ensure the safety of the worker entering that workspace.
As well as learning about Confined Spaces and Hazardous Atmospheres, you will learn about hazard controls and how to eliminate, isolate and minimise the risk factors. You will also learn about the Entrant, Permit Issuer, Attendant and Permit Receiver and what their duties are. Along with the above, the course covers much more in-depth information around equipment, monitoring and emergency procedures when dealing with a Confined Space.
The course includes a combination of theory and practical sessions, including the following features:
- Confined space environments, including open tops, small hatchways, and tank-like spaces
- Toxic substances
- Corrosive atmospheres
- Asphyxiating atmospheres
- Identify and test for a hazardous atmosphere
- Hazard controls
- Eliminate, isolate, and minimise risk factors
- Permit Issuer and Receiver duties
- Gas monitoring
- Emergency procedures
- Entry plan
- Rescue and recovery
- Safe work practices
Please note: This training does not issue Unit Standards
If you have any questions about this course, get in touch and one of our friendly team can help you, or you can book onto our course online.