If your job entails working in confined spaces, then you are part of the group of people who are faced with one of the most dangerous risks each day because of their occupation. There is a high number of fatalities each year due to workers entering confined spaces in different industries in the country.
If you find yourself to be in the Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, or Water Treatment industries, then you or your workers are most likely involved and exposed to confined spaces on most days of a workweek. There are plenty of hazards and risks these people, or yourself, are faced with when entering a confined space.
So, it is really important that each person who would be faced with such tasks is properly informed and trained of all the risks involved and of course the following security protocols and safety measures needed to ensure a safe and accident-free workplace. Confined Space Training from Mark1 Training in the UK is one of the best bets you could do for your workers, and even for yourself so that everyone involved is knowledgeable of the steps and processes to avoid accidents in the workplace.
Hazards and Risks Involved
In order to eliminate the hazards and risks involved with working in confined spaces, the first step is to first know what the hazards and risks are. The actual confined space is a risk in itself because it is, of course, not normally entered by human beings. What makes it more dangerous is the preceding contents of the space, especially if it still has some residue or contamination left. If the confined space is filled with toxic and flammable chemicals and substances, it would be really bad for the person’s health.
The small space could also lead to a lack of oxygen and leave the person breathless or have a panic attack inside. If you are in the industry of cleaning out these confined spaces, the chemicals used to clean them can also be toxic or deadly to the person – it may not be immediately, but the continuous exposure to it may be bad for the health.
In the construction and manufacturing industries, there is a high chance of being exposed to lower and higher temperatures when inside a confined space, most especially for those which require welding work.
Assessing the Risks
The need to assess all of the hazards and the risks would be able to help you and your team to set-up precautionary measures and security protocols once the person is set to enter inside the confined space. Developing and implementing a safe system of working would help keep a safe workspace and environment, and as well as avoid accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. There are a lot of ways in developing a safe system at the workplace to prevent such accidents like giving your manpower the proper training courses so that they would be well-versed and well-equipped for the situation.
It is also essential to remove chemical residues and contamination before going through the confined space. Not only that, but your team should also be able to eliminate any threats of flammable materials, gases, and substances so that nothing could unexpectedly ignite and get caught on fire. One of the most important things to consider as well is to make sure that there is proper ventilation before sending a person to go through the confined space. A strict time limit should also be put in place to avoid exposing the person to any harmful threats and dangers in the long run.
Receiving the appropriate training when it comes to working in confined spaces is really the number solution to avoid experiencing any accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace. With Mark1’s course on confined spaces, it would only take a whole day for you and your people to know both in theory and in physical and hands-on training exercises needed to work safer and better within confined spaces.
All of the modules, lessons, skills, and knowledge you and your workforce would be equipped with are all in line with the Confined Spaces Regulations that were established in 1997 to ensure the safety of workers.
A maximum of up to 12 delegates can join per day, and it would only be for a minimal fee. On weekdays and weekends, 1-6 people would cost £125 to as low as £100 and £160 to as low as £120 respectively. The more people you have that needs to be trained, the lesser it would cost you per head as they have group rates for delegates of a group of 7-10 people.
Weekday group rates are priced at £650, regardless if it is a group of 7, 8, 9, or 10. So if you have a group of 10, you would pay less per head at only £65. Weekends would, of course, cost you a bit more with a group of 10 amounting to £700.
It is only a small price to pay compared to hospital bills, insurance coverages and additional expenses relating to fatalities and accidents. After all, you cannot put a price tag on safety.