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    Basic Confined Space Safety

    Course Objective

    • Confined Spaces are regarded as high-risk areas with strong indications and areas of harm that must be identified, targeted, and controlled.
    • This course helps to assess the importance of identifying different types of confined spaces, based on the permit-to-work system.
    • The risks and hazards with confined space systems are also assessed, based on the type of confined space and the nature of the work being done shall also be assessed.
    • The trainee should also understand how to follow the workplace procedures in the confined space, be able to identify any hazards from the confined space based on those procedures, and based on that how to evacuate safely if something goes wrong.
    The following points shall be discussed in the course:
    • Understand what a confined space is and what criteria it should have to be a confined space.
    • Understand the steps to a permit to work system.
    • Understand how a permit to work the system is implemented in the workplace.
    • The controls which are needed to prevent the spread of risks and hazards from the confined space and how to maintain them.
    • Elaborate on the importance of ventilation in a confined space.
    • The role of a confined space supervisor in providing safety for others in a confined space system.
    • The role of a flagman in a confined space working system.
    • The role of a firewatcher in a confined space, particularly in a hot work permit.
    • What the individual worker should follow the permit to work system.
    • What to do if something goes wrong during confined space work.
    • How to evacuate from the confined space during an emergency.

    Day 1

    Session 1 - Course Introduction  

    Session 2 – What is Confined Space?

    • Definition of Confined Space
    • Examples of Confined Spaces in the workplace
    • The physical characteristics of a confined space

    Session 3 – Roles and Responsibilities

    • Define the different roles of workers in the confined space
    • Define the roles and responsibilities of Attendants
    • Define the roles and responsibilities of Entrants
    • Define the roles and responsibilities of Supervisors
    • Define the roles and responsibilities of Flagmen in Confined Spaces
    • The importance of inspecting a confined space before issuing the permit.
    • Issuing the permit
    • Receipt the Permit
    • What the organization needs to assess before starting the work
    • Clearance/Return to Service and the differences between them
    • Extension and when it is necessary

    Session 4 – Permit to Work System

    • Definition of a Permit to Work
    • The importance of inspecting a confined space before issuing the permit.
    • Issuing the permit
    • Receipt the Permit
    • What the organization needs to assess before starting the work
    • Clearance/Return to Service and the differences between them
    • Extension and when it is necessary
    • Provide different examples of Permit to Work Systems that may be required with a confined space permit

    Session 5 – Group Discussion of providing the students with a previous and various permit to work documents to understand the procedure.

    Session 6 – Hazard Identification

    • Discuss the working at height hazard of working at a height.
    • Discuss the difficulty of communication in a confined space setting.
    • Discuss the adequate access and egress to and from a confined space.
    • Discuss the dangers of toxic gases and reactive agents in the confined space.
    • Discuss the possibility of fires and/or explosions in the confined space.
    • The potential difficulties of multiple hazards culminating in a confined space.
    • Discuss scenarios that can lead to emergency evacuation in a confined space.
    Session 7 – Controls of a Confined Space
    • Using a safety harness and a tripod sequence system to ascend and descend from a confined space system.
    • Using different communication devices to relay information in a confined space.
    • The usage of ladders, ropes, and other lifting devices to assisting in ascending and descending a confined space.
    • Discussing different types of gas detectors that are used by workers and are located on-site.
    • Discussing different types of operations which can lead to fires and/or explosions and how they can be safely controlled.
    • The importance of ventilation in a confined space.
    • The roles and responsibilities of all personnel in a confined space system in maintaining its controls.
    Session 8 – Emergency Response
    • Assessing confined space access and egress during an evacuation.
    • Assessing adequate behaviors during confined space emergencies.
    • How to safely assist entrants in leaving the confined space.
    • How to coordinate with the attendant and supervisor in confined space rescue.
    • Prompt behavior and response before and after a confined space rescue.
    • How to evacuate safely from the area after leaving the confined space.
    Session 9 – First Aid Response
    • Assess the history, symptoms, and signs of an accident
    • How to stay calm during an accident
    • How to promptly move the worker away from the emergency site
    • How to check for signs of life in an injured worker
    • The steps to CPR by using C-A-B (Circulation, Compression, Airway, and Rescue Breaths)
    • How to correctly perform chest compressions
    • How to correctly open the airway
    • How to correctly perform rescue breath.
    • The importance of repeating the CPR Process in saving a person’s life.
    • Understanding the functions of the AED.
    • Precautions before using the AED.
    • How to correctly place the AED pads.
    • How to use it alongside CPR to save the person’s life
    Session 10 – Practical Session
    • Workers shall be assessed by a practical scenario in confined space entry and work as entrants while the attendants and supervisors shall also be chosen by the instructor. The instructor shall coordinate with the trainees to effectively execute the scenario.
    Session 11 – Practical Session
    • Workers shall be assessed by a practical scenario in which they will attempt a confined space rescue and response accordingly by using a dummy to perform CPR and use the AED.

    Day 2

    Session 6 – Hazard Identification

    • Discuss the working at height hazard of working at a height.
    • Discuss the difficulty of communication in a confined space setting.
    • Discuss the adequate access and egress to and from a confined space.
    • Discuss the dangerous of toxic gases and reactive agents in the confined space.
    • Discuss the possibility of fires and/or explosions in the confined space.
    • The potential difficulties of multiple hazards culminating in a confined space.
    • Discuss scenarios which can lead to emergency evacuation in a confined space.

    Session 7 – Controls of a Confined Space

    • Using a safety harness and a tripod sequence system to ascend and descend from a confined space system.
    • Using different communication devices to relay information in a confined space.
    • The usage of ladders, ropes, and other lifting devices to assisting in ascending and descending a confined space.
    • Discussing different types of gas detectors that are used by workers and are located on-site.
    • Discussing different types of operations which can lead to fires and/or explosions and how they can be safely controlled.
    • The importance of ventilation in a confined space.
    • The roles and responsibilities of all personnel in a confined space system in maintaining its controls.

    Session 8 – Emergency Response

    • Assessing confined space access and egress during an evacuation.
    • Assessing adequate behaviors during confined space emergencies.
    • How to safely assist entrants in leaving the confined space.
    • How to coordinate with the attendant and supervisor in confined space rescue.
    • Prompt behavior and response before and after a confined space rescue.
    • How to evacuate safely from the area after leaving the confined space.

    Session 9 – First Aid Response

    • Assess the history, symptoms, and signs of an accident
    • How to stay calm during an accident
    • How to promptly move the worker away from the emergency site
    • How to check for signs of life in an injured worker
    • The steps to CPR by using C-A-B (Circulation, Compression, Airway, and Rescue Breaths)
    • How to correctly perform chest compressions
    • How to correctly open the airway
    • How to correctly perform rescue breath.
    • The importance of repeating the CPR Process in saving a person’s life.
    • Understanding the functions of the AED.
    • Precautions before using the AED.
    • How to correctly place the AED pads.
    • How to use it alongside CPR to save the person’s life

    Session 10 – Practical Session

    • Workers shall be assessed by a practical scenario in confined space entry and work as entrants while the attendants and supervisors shall also be chosen by the instructor.
    • The instructor shall coordinate with the trainees to effectively execute the scenario.

    Session 11 – Practical Session

    • Workers shall be assessed by a practical scenario in which they will attempt a confined space rescue and response accordingly by using a dummy to preform CPR and use the AED.

    • Workers that have no previous experience in Confined Space Work
    • Workers that need to prepared for Confined Space Work


    • The characteristics of the Confined Space
    • Hazards associated with Confined Space
    • Permit to Work System
    • Roles and Responsibilities associated with Confined Space work
    • Controls associated with the Confined Space System
    • Emergency evacuation and adequate response for each scenario

    Basic knowledge regarding Confined Spaces and Permit To Work Areas.

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