No doubt about it, working in confined spaces like containers, ducts or canals, carries a number of risks. This type of work requires total concentration and excellent physical fitness, as well as a knowledge of all possible hazards. Fire and Safety Australia helps you to learn all the essential skills. Not only theoretically, but practically – and all this, on location at your company.
The mobile training trailer, for entering into confined spaces, such as ducts or canals, was developed and assembled by Fire and Safety Australia. An area of 10X10 meters and access to electricity are the only requirements. In about an hour, a realistic training module can be assembled on location, and before going in, the participants receive theoretical instructions, which is like the training itself, customised to the requirements and application of the respective company.
“Ultimately, the training trailer is aimed at all users who enter canals or shafts. Confined containers are not only used in sewerage systems, but in powerplants, various industries and the chemical industry. Therefore the target group is actually relatively big”
During the theoretical part, the experts from Fire and Safety Australia together with participants highlight the risks, discuss dangerous situations and explain the functions of the technical resources.
Before the training practice, certain rules must be agreed upon. Every participant ensures in writing that he hasn’t taken any drugs, consumed alcohol or swallowed any medicines, and has submitted the mandatory medical examination undertaken by the employer. After further instruction on location, the practice begins.
The intent with this form of confined space training, is to make everything as realistic as possible, and the training module, really does simulate all of the dangerous situations that can arise when working in confined spaces.
“We have a variety of equipment that can we can use within our training simulations, or companies, if adequately equipped, can use their own equipment.”
The introduction begins with putting on personal protective equipment and checking the atmosphere to be entered. The fit of the life belt and all devices are checked. The air should be monitored for toxic gases and vapours, as well as explosive air situations. A tripod is used to lower participants, the initial steps are relatively straight forward, however they quickly become more complex. In the pipe, gas and poisonous vapours are simulated using a fog machine. Visibility is now less than 1 meter. Stress levels are rising. Participants must quickly find the exit whilst permanently checking the breathable air.
After the first test run, even the most experienced participants appear somewhat affected.
“It was tough, really close to reality and I can only actually recommend this to everyone to experience something like this”
After all participants have finished this practical test, further theoretical instruction is given. The operation is then analysed and together with experts from Fire and Safety Australia.
The mobile training trailers from Fire and Safety Australia, can be customised effortlessly, to your needs and demands. Even the entry to different types of manholes and gullies, can be selected as needed and ready for use in a matter of minutes. But also practical work, such as the changing of valves and the affixing of shut off plates is possible.
The professional organisations, as well as communal and emergency insurance associations, help us a lot – and were also partly the reason why we now offer these mobile training trailers. They assisted us with the designing of the trailers, and thanks to the professional organisations, we’ve been able to implement a lot of ideas that would not have been incorporated in the beginning.