Confined Space Entry, Trenching and Excavation

OSHA Confined Space Entry Training

Every year, hundreds of employee deaths and thousands of injuries occur in and around confined spaces. In 1993 OSHA addressed these hazards in the Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard for General Industry.

Its May 2015 Confined Spaces in Construction Standard extends similar protections to workers in the construction industry. The new Standard also clarifies many points in the earlier General Industry rule.

Depending on the tasks their workers will be performing in the Permit Space, many employers that don’t normally consider themselves to be in the “construction” business may find that the Construction Standard applies to them, as well.

Safety Aspect’s Confined Space Entry training program provides employees with current facts on confined space hazards, how a Permit Space Program reduces these risks, what roles they may play in a confined space entry, how to keep themselves and their co-workers safe inside, and more.

Topics Covered

  • Review OSHA’s various confined space entry standards
  • Identifying permit-required confined spaces (and non-permit spaces)
  • Elements of a permit-required confined space entry program
  • Information required on entry permits
  • Duties of entrants, attendants, and entry supervisors
  • Atmospheric hazards and non-atmospheric hazards
  • Monitoring atmospheric hazards
  • Ventilation requirements and equipment used during confined space entry work
  • Requirements for rescue and emergency services

OSHA Trenching & Excavation Training

The most common type of hazard encountered in trenching and excavation work is the trench cave-in, but there are other hazards that may not be as well known.

OSHA revised Subpart P, Excavations, of 29 CFR 1926.65029 CFR 1926.651, and 29 CFR 1926.652 to make the standard easier to understand, permit the use of performance criteria where possible, and provide construction employers with options when classifying soil and selecting employee protection methods.

Have our professional OSHA-authorized Outreach trainer come to your site and conduct the Competent Person for Excavation Training course for your group. We also address any nuances that may appear in state OSHA regulations regarding their excavation standards, where applicable.

Topics Covered

This course is designed for workers, supervisors, and employers, and provides a basic knowledge of concepts such as soil types, soil testing, types of trench collapses, trench protection, and safe work practices.

  • Definitions of Key Terms Used in the OSHA Excavation Standards (1926 Subpart P)
  • OSHA Requirements (federal and state) for being a Competent Person on an excavation site
  • General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work
  • Requirements for Locating and Working Near Underground Utilities (including State utility codes)
  • Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation
  • Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations
  • Exposure to Vehicular Traffic
  • Identifying and Addressing Potential Atmospheric Hazards Associated with Excavation Work
  • Soil Testing and Classification System (per appendix A of the OSHA excavation standard)
  • Requirements for Protective Systems
    • Sloping and Benching
    • Shoring
    • Trench Boxes
    • Other protective systems
  • Competent Person Inspection Requirements 
  • OSHA Directives and Interpretations Related to Trenching and Excavation
  • OSHA Enforcement Inspections at Trenching and Excavation Sites