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OSHA confined space entry course to be offered by WVU Extension

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Nearly all workplaces contain areas that are considered confined spaces. Entering these confined areas to perform duties puts workers at high risk, because these spaces are not necessarily designed for people. To educate workers about confined space limitations and dangers, West Virginia University Extension Safety and Health Extension’s National Resource Center Occupational Safety and Health Training Institute Education Center will offer OSHA 2264: Permit-required Confined Space Entry in-person training May 17-19 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

According to OSHA, the term "permit-required confined space" (also known as “permit space”) is used to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires or heat stress.

“Even though confined spaces may be large enough for workers to enter and perform certain tasks, they have limited or restricted means for entry or exit and are not designed for continuous occupancy,” Richard Jolliff, WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension specialist and course instructor, said. “Learning to recognize confined areas is the first step in preventing potential fatalities.”

During the OSHA 2264 course, students will learn about the safety and health hazards associated with permit-required confined space entry. The training features workshops on permit entry classification, instrumentation and program development. Upon completion, students will have the ability to identify permit and non-permit required confined spaces, reference the OSHA Permit-required Confined Spaces Standard, conduct atmospheric testing and implement a permit-required confined space program. The cost of the course is $625.

“This course is strongly recommended for personnel responsible for confined space safety or who have job duties involving permit-required confined spaces, as per requirements in OSHA 1910.146 Subpart J in General Industry or OSHA 1926.1201 Subpart AA in Construction,” Brandon C. Takacs, former WVU Extension Specialist and past National Resource Center OSHA Training Institute Education Center director, said. “It will provide the necessary information to assist those with workplace responsibilities and duties for these types of work areas.”

To register for the course, visit WVU Extension Safety and Health Extension’s website under OSHA OTIEC. Prospective students may email with any questions about eligibility, payment and registration.

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WVU Extension