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Confined Space Training Requirements

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Confined space training must include be hands-on practice.


Before the initial work assignment begins, the employer must provide proper training for all workers who are required to work in permit spaces. After the training, employers must ensure that the employees have acquired the understanding, knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform their duties.

Rescue team members also require training in CPR and first aid. Employers must certify that this training has been provided.

After completion of training, the employer must keep a record of employee training and make it available for inspection by employees and their authorized representatives. The record must include the employee's name, the trainer's signature or initials and dates of the training.

Training should be provided to each employee who wishes to enter a confined space:

  • before the employee starts work;
  • before there is a change in assigned duties;
  • whenever there is a change in permit space operations that presents a hazard about which an employee has not previously been trained;
  • whenever the employer finds changes in the permit space entry procedures;
  • or there are inadequacies in the employee's knowledge.

General Training Topics

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Respiratory protection is another important confined space training topic.

All employees who will enter confined spaces must be trained in entry procedures. Personnel responsible for supervising, planning, entering or participating in confined space entry and rescue must be trained in their duties prior to any confined space entry.

Training should include:

  • Explanation of the general hazards associated with confined spaces;
  • Discussion of specific confined space hazards associated with the facility, location or operation;
  • Reason for, proper use, and limitations of PPE and other safety equipment required for entry into confined spaces;
  • Explanation of permits and other procedural requirements for conducting a confined space entry;
  • A clear understanding of what conditions would prohibit entry;
  • How to respond to emergencies;
  • Duties and responsibilities as a member of the confined space entry team; and
  • Description of how to recognize (1) symptoms of overexposure to probable air contaminants in themselves and co-workers, and (2) methods for alerting Attendants.

Refresher training should be conducted to maintain employee competence in entry procedures and precautions. If employees do not enter a confined space to perform work for an extended period of time (at least annually); they should be provided an opportunity to practice entry procedures.

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Get trained on the specific confined space and equipment.

Specific Training

Those entry team members who are responsible for monitoring confined space atmospheres should receive training on the specific type of confined space they will be entering. They should also get training on proper use of specific monitoring and testing instruments. Training should include proper use of monitoring instruments such as:

  • Proper use of the equipment;
  • Knowledge of calibration;
  • Knowledge of sampling strategies and techniques; and

Training should include the following:

  • Procedures for summoning rescue or other emergency services, and
  • Proper utilization of equipment used for communicating with entry and emergency/rescue personnel.
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Training rescue personnel takes a lot of practice.

Training for Emergency Response Personnel

Training should include:

  • Rescue plan and procedures developed for each type of confined space that are anticipated to be encountered
  • Use of emergency rescue equipment
  • First aid and CPR techniques
  • Work location and confined space configuration to minimize response time



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1. Training should be provided to each affected employee after he/she has started work in a confined space.

2. _____ training should be conducted to maintain employee competence in entry procedures and precautions.

3. Emergency response personnel training should include which of the following topics?

4. When should the training be provided to employees who want to enter a confined space?

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