Confined Space Entry

Confined spaces are significantly more hazardous than normal workplaces. The hazards involved may not be unique to confined spaces, but are always exacerbated by the enclosed nature of the confined space. The resulting injuries are potentially fatal. A seemingly insignificant error or oversight while working in a confined space can result in a tragic accident. This one day course will enable participants to work safely in confined spaces.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • Identification of confined spaces
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Confined Spaces) Regulations, 2001
  • The hazards of confined spaces
  • Prevention of the need for entry
  • The risk assessment
  • A safe system of work
  • Emergency and rescue procedures
  • Permit to work procedure

Who should participate?

  • People involved in the management and supervision of confined space entry
  • Individuals involved in the management and supervision of permit to work systems
  • People carrying out work in confined spaces
  • People involved in conducting risk assessments for confined space entry
  • Individuals involved in emergency rescue arrangements for confined spaces
  • Health & Safety Officers/Managers/Safety Representatives

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Understand the health and safety legislation relating to confined spaces.
  • Appreciate the hazards of working in confined spaces.
  • Understand the process of carrying out a risk assessment.
  • Be familiar with the elements of a safe system of work.
  • Understand emergency and rescue procedures required for confined space entry.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

What are the entry requirements?

The company must have a safety harness and tripod, and a suitable confined space e.g. a manhole, silo, tank for a practical demonstration during the course.

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