Workplace safety is critical for any construction business (and for general business as well). An enterprise must have a well-managed plan to impart confined space training to the employees, especially if the business model calls
Workplace safety is critical for any construction business (and for general business as well). An enterprise must have a well-managed plan to impart confined space training to the employees, especially if the business model calls for it.
Such comprehensive training can save time, money, and lives. This blog aims to explain the importance of confined space training and how you can apply it to your construction business. We’ll also discuss available resources if you need help getting started. In this article, we’ll cover:
- What is a ‘confined space‘? The definition of ‘confined space’ in the construction industry
- Why confined spaces training is essential for your company
- What you need to know about personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in a confined space
- Resources available to help get your team trained on the hazards associated with working in confined spaces
Understand the definition of ‘confined space’
Confined spaces are any space that is limited in size or has limited means of entry or exit. Depending on the nature of your construction business, the description and definition of confined spaces can change.
Confined spaces can be found in many places on construction sites, including:
- Utility trenches (underground)
- Manholes (underground)
- Underground vaults and tanks
- Chemical storage rooms
- Pits (below ground level)
Importance of training
It is worth noticing that various reasons enhance the overall importance of training, such as avoiding workplace injuries (and deaths) and reducing financial losses and property damage.
A well-executed training plan helps the employees understand and acknowledge the dangers of working in confined spaces and how basic tools can help address such factors.
When someone’s life or limb could be at risk, people need to think critically and use their best judgment when dealing with these dangerous situations. We want to avoid acting recklessly or irresponsibly while working in confined spaces at all costs.
Generally-used protection kits
Personal protective equipment is a must for confined space entry. The following is a list of the required PPE:
- Safety harness
- Safety helmet
- Safety glasses or face shield
- Boots that are steel-toed and insulated from electrical shock, with non-slip soles.
- Gloves that suit your business’s requirements
Do not enter your confined space wearing shoes that have open heels or lack proper footing. If you wear tennis shoes, put on some work boots before entering the confined space.
Resources your business might need for imparting training
You will need to provide your workers with training manuals and videos that explain the procedures for working in confined spaces. Your employees should also be given mock-up models of different types of confined spaces.
The most effective way to impart this information is through hands-on training, where employees can work with their instructors in various simulated conditions.
Furthermore, if you are confused, it is always suggested that you take suggestions or assistance from third parties that impart comprehensive training through well-managed learning programs.
You should have a good idea of what confined spaces are and how to train your staff. As we mentioned earlier, an expert should always do training, so make sure to find the best possible instructor for your needs.
Having a well-managed training program can help the employees understand the challenges that they might face in the workplace and ensure that critical incidents at the business premises could be reduced, especially when a construction business is prone to such incidents. Having a training module and process can help address such critical issues for a business.