Confined Space Monitor Training is required for any worker who monitors air quality, documents entry and exit, and communicates with emergency response personnel at a confined space. Confined Space Monitor Training is part of Entry Level Core Training and can be offered at the Become an Instructor level as well. Depending on the specific hazards of the confined spaces in question, any or all of Respirator Fit Test, H2S Alive, Gas Detection and Air Monitoring, and WHMIS may be required as companion courses, and First Aid and Fall Protection may also be relevant.
Confined Space Entry Training is required for anyone whose employment may require them to work in a confined space.
A confined space is defined as a space not intended for human occupancy that has limited access or exit points. Workers may climb or crawl into these spaces to complete necessary tasks, but because of the limited access to outside air and the lack of escape points, federal and provincial legislation requires that confined spaces be assessed for hazards and that entrants be properly trained. For example, according to Section 9.8 of Workplace BC’s OHS Regulations: “Each person who is assigned entry into a confined space must be adequately instructed and trained in a) the hazards of the space and b) the precautions identified in written procedures.” Regulations in other provinces may vary slightly, but in general all Confined Space Entrants must have their entry and exit tracked by a Confined Space Monitor.
The one-day Confined Space Monitor course covers many of the same topics as the Entry course, but with an emphasis on Monitor responsibilities, including proper documentation of entry and exit, air quality control, and efficient communication with emergency response personnel.
The one-day Confined Space Entry course defines what constitutes a Confined Space – including the difference between a Confined Space and a Restricted Space – and covers government regulations concerning confined spaces. Trainees learn about some potential hazards specific to confined spaces – i.e. poor air quality, limited rescue access, and the risk of getting trapped in the space. Trainees also learn proper entry and exit procedure and documentation and relevant employer and employee responsibilities.