There’s an old saying that goes, ‘You can’t beat on-the-job-training’. But that kind of experiential learning is not practical in industries where potential danger is involved. Airlines pilots for example don’t get to fly a 747 until they’ve clocked hundreds of hours in a flight-simulator. Similarly, it behoves mining and emergency services to undergo simulated training to better carry out their jobs, where those jobs are likely to be performed in confined spaces.
And that’s where confined space training comes in.
Workers and supervisors of workers who work in confined spaces are all required to have the skills and knowledge to deal with hazards associated with working in confined spaces. Under Australian Standard AS2865-2009, confined space training is an ongoing requirement and is recommended every 12-24 months.
Confined Space Simulation Training
Our confined space simulation container was designed by PSC to help train employees in the mining and emergency sectors. This specialised shipping container can be customised to fit the exact needs of your training situations including wall partitions, entry points, roof-mounted entry hatches for abseil and evacuation exercises, and side crawl hatches. A smoke machine nipple for fire safety exercises is also available. The interior of the container is painted grey or jet black to simulate a mine shaft or confined space with limited visibility, and the safety railing is painted yellow. The exterior can be painted in your choice of colour.
Our standard confined space shipping containers are available in 20 foot and 40 foot options depending on what you need.
The Australian Standard Definition of a Confined Space
According to the Australian Standard AS2865 – 2009, a confined space is defined as an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not intended or designed primarily for human occupancy, within which there is a risk of one or more of the following:
- an oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range.
- a concentration of air borne contaminant that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation.
- a concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion.
- engulfment in a stored free-flowing solid or a rising level of liquid that may cause suffocation or drowning.
Examples of confined spaces include storage tanks, pressure vessels, boilers, silos, pits, pipes, sewers, shafts, ducts, wells, pump stations, shipboard spaces, small hatchways, access points, oil tanks and void spaces – just to name a few.
Confined Space Training and Certification
There are many roles that require confined space training, including emergency services personnel like fire, ambulance and police officers, mine workers, electrical engineers, safety inspectors, maintenance personnel, telecommunications installers, lift operators and installers, transport industry workers, electricians, plumbing and water contractors. Confined space supervisors also require training. If you run a big operation, the cost benefits of having your own container to use for training purposes can really add up.
Emergency situations can be disorienting and lack of training can result in injury or death. Clear training and practice procedures are vital to ensure your workers have experience and skills to deal with a dangerous situation before the situation arises…not during it!
To order one of our specialised confined space training containers, simply fill in our quote form or call one of our customer service personnel on 1300 957 709. We can help you with everything you need, including modifications or customisation if required.