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Confined Space Training Online

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Confined Space online training, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 120 - 150 min.

  • OSHA Compliant: OSHA compliant courses that are yearly reviewed & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, trainees will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer onsite trainings, company accounts and bulk discounts

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What's in the Confined Space Course?

Our Confined Spaces Safety Training course is built to regulation guidelines. 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. This class discusses these topics:

  • Basic equipment and how to inspect it
  • Atmospheric testing and monitoring
  • Safe operations, including confined space entry procedures
  • Common hazards like IDLH atmospheres
  • Rescue techniques
  • More!

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 120 - 150 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Standards: This course meets the following OSHA standards:

  • 29 CFR 1910.146 – General Industry, Confined Spaces
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA – Construction
  • 29 CFR 1915 Subpart B – Shipyards
  • 29 CFR 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection

Why Take Our Online Confined Space Training?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

Why Buy Our Online Confined Space Training?

  • Complete Training: Our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on site can be expensive. That is why we developed our online curriculum to lower costs while still providing a professional training experience. (Check out our bulk pricing tiers below!)
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy to use management system. If you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, certificates, observation guides and more! (Contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or to train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.

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The Ultimate Guide to Confined Space Training

What Defines a Confined Space?

Confined spaces take many different forms. A confined space could be a silo, sewer, cargo tank, crawl space, well, vault, trench, or even an ordinary room in a building.

A confined space doesn’t necessarily refer to a space that’s small or tight. While this can be true, a confined space is generally an area with limited means of entry or exit. It is a space that is not designed for continuous occupancy. For more in-depth information and details on this topics check out our article What 3 Things Define a Confined Space.

When classifying a confined space, there are four main characteristics one should identify:

  • Space access
  • Internal configuration
  • Elevation
  • Portal Size

Space access - Evaluate the entrance type. Horizontal entrances are on the side of the space, while vertical entrances mean you drop down or climb up to enter the space. Vertical tend to be more hazardous.

Internal configuration - The space’s interior is either open or obstructed. An open configuration implies that there are no barriers or obstacles a rescuer would need to navigate. An obstructed space has areas and obstacles that require more specific navigation.

Elevation - An elevated entrance is considered to be four feet above grade, while a non-elevated entrance is less than four feet. Elevated spaces require additional training and proper protective equipment (PPE).

Portal Size - Examine the size of the entrance/exit point. OSHA states that anything smaller than two feet in diameter is considered a restricted opening.

If you’re an employer trying to analyze the hazard level of a combined space, then it’s important to keep these four items in mind. Use them to determine the level of risk in a confined space, and decide how much training may be necessary to keep employees safe while working.

What Type of Training Does OSHA Require To Operate in Confined Spaces?

As you read OSHA’s standards on confined spaces, you notice them regularly refer to “permit-required confined spaces” or simply “permit spaces”. These refer to any confined space that an employer has deemed dangerous.

There are a few things that may qualify a confined space as a permit space:

  • The space in question has a toxic atmosphere
  • The space has potential to engulf or entrap an employee
  • The space severely restricts movement, and has the potential to trap or asphyxiate an employee
  • Contains other hazards such as unguarded machinery or cut points

If you’re an employer, it’s your responsibility to assess whether or not a confined space should require a permit. If you’ve already assessed that risk is high, then it’s your responsibility to train employees (side note, if you'd likelearn the four levels of confined space training required by OSHA), and monitor who is allowed to operate within the space.

It’s a good idea to distribute permits only to employees who you feel understand the dangers within the confined space and feel confident entering. OSHA doesn’t require any formal education or certification for an employee to enter a confined space, although they do ask that the employee be a competent person.

A competent person is anyone who understands the task, its associated hazards, and has sufficient knowledge to accomplish the task safely. To make sure an employee is competent, it’s a good idea to enroll them in a safety course, and spend ample time teaching them one-on-one. Safety Training is a fast and inexpensive process that can be vital in preserving your employee’s lives. Click here to view our confined space online course, or browse the rest of our safety training courses.

How Often Must Training For Confined Spaces Be Reviewed?

It’s a good idea for employees to take at least two hours of refresher training annually. Employers should keep track of who has a permit, when they were trained, and what training, if any, may still be necessary.

Along with the annual renewal, it’s a good idea to distribute training to employees as conditions change. For example, imagine atmospheric conditions within a confined space become more toxic over time, and a full face mask was required to enter. In this case, it would be smart to give an updated training to all personnel regarding the new PPE and proper safety measures.

What Are The Most Common Hazards In a Confined Space?

Oxygen or Toxic Atmosphere

The air inside a confined space is often the most immediate danger. If an atmosphere lacks clean oxygen to breathe, the body can shut down in under a minute, leaving you trapped.

In one case, three employees were assigned to clear out an underground storage compartment. The first employee entered alone, but only minutes later collapsed on the ground. The second employee entered, calling out to his coworker who hadn’t responded. Not long after, he too collapsed. When neither of the employees were heard from, the third employee entered to investigate the disappearance. Minutes later, he too blacked out.

All three employees, being pronounced dead on the spot, had perished due to a lack of oxygen. The space had not been inspected before the employees entered. It was later confirmed that the atmosphere contained only 10-13% oxygen. Accidents like this, unfortunately, happen too often. Before a job begins, a competent person should always inspect the conditions within the confined space, and distribute the appropriate PPE.


Many confined places once held flammable material. For example, a silo may still be full of flammable grain dust from when it was full, or a tanker might contain residual gas. Employees who enter a confined space for hot work, such as welding, may face fire hazards that can be a serious threat to their safety.

Because of this common accident, workers are required to get a hot work permit before working in or around the confined space.


Engulfment is a serious hazard in spaces such as a grain bin or trench. Engulfment refers to being enclosed, crushed, or suffocated by loose material. In the case of a grain bin worker, loose grain has the potential to collapse and crush an employee, making it a serious safety hazard. In many instances, an employee walks on loose grain in an attempt to unclog the bin, only to be entrapped and suffocated by the shifting grain.

The best way to avoid engulfment hazards is by proper training, supervision, and PPE. If you’re a confined space worker, it’s critical that you understand the hazards you’ll face on the job, so that you can avoid them at all costs. Always wear protective equipment, and avoid working alone. Doing so can help prevent engulfment before it occurs.

If you are interested in confined space training but this online course is not what you are looking for check out all our training formats for confined space training on our construction safety course catalog.

If you need safety training beyond confined space check out the other courses we offer here at Hard Hat Training on ourhomepage.

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Our mission statement is to make safety training easy and affordable, and to invite companies everywhere to stop doing things the hard way and, instead, start doing them the Hard Hat Training way!
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Bulk Discounts

Save Big By Buying Course Seats (Credits) In Bulk!

When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Hard Hat Training.

25+ seats 10% off
50+ seats 20% off
100+ seats 40% off
250+ seats 55% off
500+ seats 65% off
1000+ seats 75% off

First time training with us, and have fewer than 25 guys to train? No problem, give us a call and we can get you set up with introductory pricing.

Note: You must call to be approved for the bulk discounts above. (208)252-5331

Group Training

Wanting to train a group of employees with just one online training? It’s easy to do!

  1. You let us know the names of the employees that need training.
  2. We set everything up and send you the group login and an invoice.
  3. We also send you the exam, answer key and a practical exam guide.
  4. You log them in and start the training, then administer the exam.
  5. Once done, let us know. We send the certificate and wallet card.

Fill out the form below and we will get it set up for you.



What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-compliant?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-compliant, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-compliant it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be compliant or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company compliance with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate compliance may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Click here to contact us regarding resale opportunities.

13 reviews for Confined Space Training Online

  1. Samuel B.

    it was good

    • Safety Inc.

      Thanks for your feedback, Samuel. I'm glad that you found the training to be sufficient for what you needed.

  2. Marco N.

    It was great

    • Safety Inc.

      Hello Marco. We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us not if we can help you with any other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  3. Flint R.

    good material

    • Safety Inc.

      Thanks for the great comments, Flint. We appreciate you taking the time.

  4. Terry G.

    Seems quite satisfactory

    • Safety Inc.

      Terry, we are so happy to hear that the course was satisfactory. If we can help you with any other training needs, please let us know.

  5. John D.

    This was the best course out of the lot.

    • Safety Inc.

      What an awesome review, John! Thank you so much for the positive feedback. We would love to continue providing top-notch training, so if you know of anything in particular that you feel separated this course from others in its quality, please let us know. Thanks again!

  6. Gerry B

    All good

    • Safety Inc.

      Thank you for your review, Gerry. I'm glad the training was good for you.

  7. Justine C.


    • Safety Inc.

      Thanks, Justine, for your review. We dedicate a lot of time on these courses to make sure that they are full of information that you can use.

  8. jeff Wright

    it's a lot of material but the course was informative.

    • Safety Inc.

      Jeff, what an incredible review! Thank you so much. We try to keep our trainings informative as well as interactive. We are glad to know that you have found this to be the case. Thank you again!

  9. john Bard

    was great

    • Safety Inc.

      Thanks for the great review, John. We're glad that you found the training so great, and we hope that our other courses can be just as beneficial for you.

  10. Lorenzo V.

    Convenient, great service!

    • Safety Inc.

      Hello Lorenzo,

      We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us not if we can help you with any other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  11. Kevin Noriega

    Great class

    • Safety Inc.

      Hello Kevin,

      We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us not if we can help you with any other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  12. Justin D.

    great course

    • Safety Inc.

      Thanks, Justin, for rating us so highly on this course. We appreciate your feedback.

  13. Kaylen

    nice setup.

    • Safety Inc.

      Thank you, Kaylen. We work hard to make our courses as organized as possible, and we're glad that you had a positive experience with this one in particular.

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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam. 

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.