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Confined Space Rescue Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Confined Space Rescue Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Confined Space Rescue certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

This course includes an introduction, general, prevention, signs and warnings, treatment, recourse and conclusion sections of using drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Confined Space Rescue Training Course?

Our Confined Space Rescue Safety Training course is regulation-aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. The training course contains sections on anatomy, stability, operation, hazards, and more. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state/provincial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA Requirements for Confined Space Rescue General.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Confined Space Rescue Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR Part 1926.1201-1206 – Confined Spaces in Construction
  • 29 CRF 1926.1207 – Training
  • 29 CFR 1910.146 – Permit-Required Confined Spaces
  • 29 CFR Part 1910.146 Appendix A-E
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA
  • Canada Standards

  • 11.1 – Interpretation
  • 11.2 – Hazard Assessment
  • 11.3 – Entry Procedures
  • 11.4 – Confined Space Entry
  • 11.5 – Emergency Procedures and Equipment
  • 11.6 – Record of Emergency Procedures and Equipment
  • 11.7 – Provision and Use of Equipment
  • 11.8 – Precaution
  • 11.9 – Hot Work
  • 11.10 – Ventilation Equipment
  • 11.11 – Training
  • 11.12 – Record Keeping

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Confined Space Rescue Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Confined Space Rescue

    Did You Know?

    60% of confined space victims are would-be rescuers. (CDC)

    2.1 million employees enter confined spaces each year. (OSHA)

    More than 100 employees die in confined spaces each year. (BLS)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    How do you rescue someone from a confined space?

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    Confined space rescues can be extremely complicated and dangerous. Before attempting to rescue them from a space, it’s always best to evaluate is self-rescue is possible.

    In the cases where someone cannot rescue themselves due to an injury or hazard in the space, there are a couple options. Of course, if you are not trained in confined space rescue, never attempt the rescue yourself. Rather, you should call 911 and wait for help.

    If you are part of a trained rescue team, you will perform rescue using non-entry or entry methods. Non-entry rescue is most preferred because it exposes less people to the hazards in a confined space. Check out our Confined Space Rescue training to learn more about how to perform non-entry and entry rescues safely.

    What are the types of confined space rescue?

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    The two main types of confined space rescue are offensive rescue and defensive rescue. Offensive rescues are performed when rescuers are confident that the hazards associated with rescue can be controlled and the victim is still alive. Defensive rescues are also commonly referred to as “body recovery” because these victims are unlikely to survive rescue or are already deceased before the operation begins.

    What are the main dangers of a confined space?

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    As you can image, climbing through a small opening into a space with limited airflow and often limited room to move around poses a number of hazards. The major hazard associated with confined spaces is hazardous atmospheres. Gases and vapors can build up and cause an entrant to asphyxiate. Additionally, confined spaces can house combustible dusts, flammable liquids and gases, and an overabundance or underabundance of oxygen. Not to mention that entrants can be exposed to falls or the possibility of getting stuck.

    What must happen before attempting a confined space rescue?

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    Before attempting a confined space rescue, there are a number of procedures that must take place. Upon arriving at the scene, it’s important that you size it up and evaluate whether it is safe for you and your team to enter. If there are witnesses, you will want to get any information you can from them.

    Additionally, attempt to communicate with the victim when possible. These evaluations will help you know which type of rescue is needed. You will need to set up a ventilation system and perform atmospheric monitoring of the space prior to allowing a rescuer entry. This will help you determine the PPE that is needed. In addition, you need to set up the rigging system.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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