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Confined Space - Awareness and Operations


What is a Confined Space?

A confined space is a fully or partially enclosed space,(a)  that is not both designed and constructed for continuous human occupancy, and(b)  in which atmospheric hazards may occur because of its construction, location or contents or because of work that is done in it.Confined spaces can be found in almost any workplace. A confined space is not necessarily small. Examples of confined spaces include silos, vats, hoppers, utility vaults, tanks, sewers, pipes, access shafts, truck or rail tank cars, aircraft wings, boilers, manholes, and storage bins. Ditches and trenches may also be a confined space when access or egress is limited.Confined spaces can represent a risk to the health and safety of anyone who enters, due to one or more of the following factors:

  • its design, construction, location, or atmosphere
  • the materials or substances in it
  • work activities being carried out in it
  • mechanical, process, and safety hazards present

Why Do Workers Require Training?

A confined space can be more hazardous than regular work-spaces for many reasons.  The Confined Spaces Regulation (O. Reg. 632/05) requires that every worker who enters a confined space or performs related work shall be given adequate training in safe work practices for working in confined spaces and performing related work, including training in the recognition of hazards associated with confined spaces.

This course will prepare you to safely enter a confined space.

Course Description

This instructor led courses are designed to meet your individual business needs.

Awareness Level training provides you with instruction in Confined Space Entry theory enabling you to carry out entry into confined spaces safely and in accordance with Confined Space Regulations.  This course teaches you the relevant legislation for Confined Spaces, and how to recognize, assess, and control related hazards. 

Operations Level training course will build on your Confined Space Awareness training through practical scenario-based training. Awareness-level training will be delivered during the first half of this course, followed by hands-on, practical exercises designed to reinforce the concepts learned during awareness training. 

Course Outline

  • Reasons for confined space training
  • Applicable legislation
  • Hazard identification
  • Confined space controls
  • PPE
  • Elements of a confined space entry plan, rescue plan, and permits
  • Roles and responsibilities (Entrant, Attendant and CS Supervisor)
  • Confined space documentation
  • On-site rescue requirements
  • Core competencies
  • Written test
  • Practical, scenario training


Successful completion of this course requires an 80% grade on a written exam (theory) and a "pass" rating on the practical portion. 

Upon successful completion a certificate of completion and wallet card will be issued expiring 2 years from course date. 

Course Length

Full Day