Confined Space Training

Professional confined space training meeting the requirements of the National WHS  Act and the National Code Of Practice for Confined Spaces.

This training  covers the vast majority of confined spaces – wherever breathing apparatus is not required. We offer low numbers (maximum 6) which will give you good practical time.

Confined Space Training CourseWho should do this?

  • Full Course: people who enter & work in confined spaces and  people who are on stand by
  • Refresher Training: people  who need to remain currently competent (recommended every 3 years)
  • Awareness Training: employers, supervisors, designers, permit issuers, confined space risk assessors

Course Prerequisites

  • Photo ID & minimum 18 yr old

Course Bookings

Click on the below courses to view upcoming Confined Space Training Course dates. Bookings can be made through the website. If you have a large group booking or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 0412 291 054 or email learn@vsr.com.au

Courses We Offer

Frequently Asked Questions About Confined Space Courses

From the ‘Confined Space Code of Practice’,
‘a confined space’ means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person; and
  • is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
  • is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
    an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level, or
  • contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury from fire or explosion, or
  • harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants, or

Common confined spaces are vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, containers, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells, shafts, trenches, tunnels or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures, when these examples meet the dot points above

What is not a confined space for the purposes of the WHS regulations?

A confined space does not include an underground mine, sand blasting or spray painting booths, because they are a normal place of work.

The following kinds of workplaces are also generally not confined spaces for the purposes of the WHS Act:

  • places that are intended for human occupancy and have adequate ventilation, lighting and safe means of entry and exit, such as offices and workshops
  • enclosed or partially enclosed spaces that are designed to be occasionally occupied by a person if the space has a readily and conveniently accessible means of entry and exit via a doorway at ground level, for example:
    • a cool store accessed by a LPG forklift to move stock – although the use of a LPG forklift in a cool store can be hazardous, the door at ground level means that once the alarm is raised, escape and rescue can happen quickly
    • b. a fumigated shipping container with a large ground level opening will facilitate easy escape and rescue.

Trenches are not considered confined spaces based on the risk of structural collapse alone, but will be confined spaces if they potentially contain concentrations of airborne contaminants that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation.

There is some controversy in defining confined spaces; in the end, if the PCBU says it is, then it is a confined space; they have the final decision.

We provide industry experienced personnel to visit your site and identify and document your confined spaces. We also provide a confined space risk assessment service.

An enclosed or partially enclosed space, not designed primarily for human occupancy and have the risk of ONE of the following:

  • lack of oxygen or excess of oxygen,
  • presence of airborne toxic gases or vapours,
  • explosive environment
  • or the risk of engulfment in a stored free flowing solid, or rising level of liquid.

Remember “risk of” does not mean it has to be there, but in your evaluation of the space that at some time it could contain one of the listed risks
eg when riding a motor bike there is always a risk of having an accident.

Also you cannot put a “control measure” in place and then say, “it is not a confined space”. ie placing a ventilation fan in the space to provide a flow of fresh air.  You have to go back to the reason you put the fan in place, and that then becomes “the risk of”.

Yes. Many workplaces do not have a rescue plan though.

Everything is fine until an incident occurs.

A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must:

  • Establish first aid and rescue procedures
  • Ensure these procedures are practiced as necessary to ensure they will work.

If this is not done and there is an incident, but not a death, then:

Maximum penalty:
$30,000 for Organizations
$ 6,000 for Individuals

If there is a death the maximum penalties are:
Corporations $3,000,000
PCBU $600,000 / 5 years gaol
Workers $300,000

So before anyone enters a confined space, a rescue plan must be in place, and that plan must be rehearsed with all team members.

A confined space rescue follows the following steps:

  • Prepare for confined space rescue – have a plan, have the PPE and have the trained staff

Assess & manage the confined space rescue – all hazards & risks are identified, actual confined space features are assessed before deploying rescue team, rescue is managed to control access and safety & communication with others

  • On site is established.
  • Determine location & condition of casualties
  • Gain entry to confined space – permit, gas testing, ventilation, appropriate respiratory protection
  • Locate, treat & evaluate casualty
  • Remove victims according to plan, scene preserved for investigation
  • Conclude rescue operations – all gear removed and cleaned
  • Debrief of incident signs & symptoms of operational stress are recognised and reported
  • Paperwork is completed.