Fire and Safety Australia comment that it is a legislative requirement for employers to provide training to personnel who will be working in or around confined spaces. Employers should look for reliable Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) like Fire and Safety Australia.
Training should be nationally recognised and take into account the requirements listed in Australian Standard 2865: 2001, which includes the hazards of confined spaces, assessment procedures, control measures, emergency procedures, safety equipment and legislative requirements.
The selection of the type of training to be carried out must be based on the tasks that workers may be asked to perform, for example standby duties, atmospheric monitoring of the confined space and rescue of casualties from a potentially hazardous environment.
Nationally recognised training should be based on the requirements of PMAPER205B Enter Confined Space, which is based on the requirements of AS 2865 : 2001.
Regular Training is an effective control measure in the minimisation of risks for confined space operations. Regular Training and emergency scenarios should focus on enhancing skills by exposing personnel to a variety of different situations. Regular Training is a control measure that cannot be ignored to prevent confined space fatalities and injuries within the mining industry.