What do I need to know when considering confined space training?
One of the recent potential pitfalls in workplace safety comes form setting clears rules on defining what is or isn’t a confined space. In itself this topic is open to individual interpretation and therefore lies an issue, and in recent years I have witnessed contractors attempting to declassify what can clearly be identify as an enclosed works location, in an attempt to bypass the costs associated with confined space works such as ensuring workers have received the correct confined space training. It is also not uncommon to see method statements for confined space work created by someone office based who hasn’t even seen the location first hand, and therefore perhaps without a working understanding of the hazards associated. A real appreciation of the hazards that confined spaces present to an organisations workforce is imperative in order to safeguard them during operational requirements.
Confined space training is a legal requirement.
The simple fact is that confined space works cover a wide range of industries and span many operational requirements, there are various working conditions and limitations to contend with and one plan does not fit every possible eventualities. Confined spaces are not just ‘holes in the ground’, and as industry and commerce begins to evolve in an increasingly competitive environment, so do the associated workplace locations and hazards. Appropriate consideration must be given to safe systems of work in each environment based on its own merits. It is a legal requirement that every employer has a legal duty of care to safeguard their employees or contractors during work. Equally important however, is that every employee or contractor recognise that they have a duty of care to ensure that safe systems of work are adhered to. Through active input from both employer and employee and the correct training, this should be possible.
Where do we come in?
Phoenix Safety run training courses in Confined spaces including a range of training courses on entry into confined spaces in its own right, a course on entry and working in confined spaces, and finally a training course on entry, working in and traversing confined spaces. These courses are a wise investment to ensure the safety of your workforce.