Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.
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Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered to be "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter into, work in or exit from them. In many instances, employees who work in confined spaces also face increased risk of exposure to serious physical injury from hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and hazardous atmospheric conditions. Confinement itself may pose entrapment hazards and work in confined spaces may keep employees closer to hazards such as machinery components than they would be otherwise. For example, confinement, limited access and restricted airflow can result in hazardous conditions that would not normally arise in an open workplace.
According to the Z117 ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) for Confined Spaces, a review of 200 confined space fatality cases from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) database occurring between 1993 and 2004 confirmed that the distribution of causes had not changed to any significant degree. The committee also noted that approximately 65 percent of incidents with fatalities involved atmospheric contamination and engulfment accounted for less than 10 percent of the identified causes. (ASSE Mini Tech-Brief: Confined Spaces - 9/2009)
Keep in mind: Most permit-space accidents happen for the following reasons:
This course has been developed to explain basic requirements detailed within OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.146, Permit-required confined spaces, which will assist employers in establishing and maintaining an effective confined space program. By implementing such a program, our employees will be able to:
This course provides a general overview of a particular topic related to OSHA standards. It does not alter or determine compliance responsibilities in OSHA standards or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, you should consult current OSHA administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the Courts for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements.
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This is an open book exam. That means you may search high and low throughout the course material for the answers to this final exam. To receive a certificate, you must achieve a score of 80% or higher.
We have a "don't pay until you pass" option! You may wait until you have completed all course exams before paying the one-time program certificate fee. Your exam will be placed in our archives folder for one year. If you have not paid the administrative fee after one year, you will be required to retake the exam. Let the instructor know when you have completed the last course in your program.
You may pay for a course certificate before or after you complete the exam. No worries. If you don't pass the exam, you are welcome to retake the exam until you pass for no additional charge. If you want to save money on fees, think about enrolling in a Certificate Program. You may enroll in a program at any time.
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Course Study Guide. Use it for studying off-line and creating a reference binder.