What is Confined Space Training and Why do You need it?

The Edge of Confined Space Training

confined-space-trainingNow is the time to get confined space training!  True, many employers will pay for and arrange classes for their miners, but you have to get hired first.  The job market is extremely competitive for mining jobs right now; you want your resume to stand out from the pack.  Confined space training is a good place to start when adding education and certification to your resume.  All Australian regulatory agencies require confined space training for mine workers.  All employers in the mining industry are subject to the standards set forth by the state or territory that they work in and the Commonwealth. 

The regulatory agencies differ by region in the Commonwealth of Australia; in Queensland, mining companies are mandated to follow the rules of health and safety declared by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines; while in Western Australia, it's the Department of Mines and Petroleum.  Contact the regulatory agency in your area to find out more specific information about the rules and certification requirements that apply to the job you want!  A job in mine construction or maintenance may not require confined space training, but jobs working in the mines will almost surely require a certificate from this class.

What's A Confined Space?

You may be wondering what are considered confined spaces and what do the classes teach you?  A confined space is an area that you might have to do work in that's primary purpose is something else; it is not a place that was built for someone to work in; such as tanks, wells, and silos.  The dangers may be physical or atmospheric.  The confined space will usually have limited access points and may have poor ventilation.  The atmospheric hazards include limited oxygen and toxic gasses which are more dangerous in concentrated amounts.  Physical dangers include amplified noises, possible cave-ins, cramped areas that lead to falls and other injuries, and fires.  Confined space training will teach you the best ways to avoid these hazards or take control of them.


Confined space training will teach you the proper way to enter a confined space and how to work safely while you are in there.  Small spaces make all risks greater; a combustible gas released in open air may dissipate or become diluted, but the same gas released in an area with limited ventilation could cause an explosion, a fire, or overtake the worker.  Classes will teach you to test the environmental air quality and properly wear breathing apparatuses and safety gear.

Most confined space training includes instruction on safety regulations and requirements of maintaining your permit.  For continuous certification, the confined spaces permit must be renewed every year.  Often during the training, adverse situations are simulated so the worker can learn how to solve problems in a controlled environment.  Facing these situations without proper training in how to correctly react, may lead to panic. 


Students are usually trained while wearing all of the protective gear that is worn during actual work.  Ingress and egress may be easy when you are wearing a t-shirt and shorts, but while wearing 50 pounds of gear and a breathing apparatus it is more difficult.  Instructors want to simulate as close to a real live situation as possible because they want people to be prepared for the dangers.  Knowing, respecting, and reacting properly if and when you do come in contact with hazards may save your life.

Usually training classes are two days and costs vary.  Confined space classes are offered alone and some classes are offered in conjunction with "working at heights" training.


Now is the time to add certifications and education to your resume.  The market is regaining its footing and will soon rebound.  Competition for jobs may be tough for awhile; but having confined space training on your resume shows employers that you are ready to work and you are competent to pass the tests.