Depending on the commercial, industrial or public setting, rescue training will either be voluntary or compulsory. The compulsory requirement for confined space rescue training may come after a building inspector or risk manager has identified the potential for high risk incidents. A good example of this scenario today will be your public use airport terminals.
The inspectorate will also determine what needs to be done to remain compliant. Compliancy, particularly if the confined space rescue training is to be compulsory, will be aligned with standards set by local, state and federal authorities. And these will include those set by the OSHA, MSHA, ANSI and the NFPA.
Business owners, particularly those that are handling higher than usual volumes of foot traffic, should not wait to be told what to do. They should grasp the initiative and volunteer reliable and trustworthy staff members to go on a confined space rescue training program. In the process, they will end up enjoying themselves, making new acquaintances with fellow course participants. Material covered in a confined space training schedule will include the following.
Course members will be taught on how to identify confined spaces, distinguishing between those that are allowed or prohibited. Identification of these will come by way of learning its characteristics. The duties of the designated rescuer will be outlined. Rescue service requirements will also be taught. Course members will, of course, be taught how to administer first aid and prepare patients for professional rescue and relief.
A better understanding and appreciation of what confined space rescue operations will entail will come by way of learning about the rescue team concepts. And in these scenarios, proper communication becomes vital. So, finally, team communications skills will be taught as well. Better to be prepared than to wait. Otherwise it may be too late.