Confined Space Rescue
equipment and patient care considerations will all be discussed.
These courses will give employees and responders hands-on
experience in confined
space procedures and the content will adhere to OSHA Standard
CFR 1910.146, NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1670.
The purpose of this course is to explain basic strategies to
safeguard employee’s health and safety when dealing with
potential dangers associated with confined spaces. Individuals will
gain basic knowledge in proper entry program procedures, facility
pre-planning, tying knots, new equipment, and proper patient
According to US OSHA, confined spaces result in more than 60
deaths and 12,000 injuries each year. NIOSH found 25% of
confined space victims were would be rescuers.

Confined Space: Awareness Level

This course is a 4 hour course designed for employees who work
around confined spaces to include emergency responders.
Organizations at this level are responsible for performing certain
non-entry rescues (retrieval) operations. This course is a must for
any employer with confined spaces on site or whose employees
may encounter confined spaces during their normal course of

Confined Space Entry: Operations Level

This 8 hour (one-day) course participants will develop proper
procedures for making entry into Permit Required Confined
Spaces. This program will prepare participants to operate in the
capacity of Entrant, Attendant or Entry Supervisor during routine
entries. Participants will become familiar with the OSHA Standard
1910.146 and NFPA Standards 1006, 1670. This
course involves 4 hours of classroom and 8 hours of practical
application in simulated and actual permit spaces utilizing the
appropriate permit procedures. This course is required by OSHA
before an employee can enter a Permit Required Confined Space.
PRI always puts an emphasis on safety and non-entry rescue.  

Equipment Requirements:
Lightweight Climbing or Fire Helmet
Safety Glasses
Full-body harness (class III)
Leather gloves

Confined Space Rescue: Technical Level

This 16 hour (two-day) course meets the requirements for the
Technical Level for the NFPA 1670 Standard for employees of
rescue team. This course is a combination of classroom and
practical scenarios in actual confined spaces. Students are trained
in pre-planning and size-up of rescue operations; belay
operations; ascending and descending; raising and lowering
systems; and patient packaging and litter attending. This course
will also cover advanced problem solving. Safety of the rescuer,
rescue team, patient and bystanders will be stressed
at all times.

Prerequisite: Confined Space Rescue - Operations
Equipment Requirements:
Lightweight Climbing or Fire Helmet
Safety Glasses
Full-body harness (class III)
Leather gloves

OSHA 1910.146 & NFPA 1670 Objectives: Confined Space Entry &


•        List the key provisions of the OSHA confined space  standard.
•        Identify at least five examples of confined spaces that may
be hazardous.
•        Size-up of existing and potential conditions.
•        Describe the requirements of the permit space entry
•        Development and implementation of procedures for carrying
out the emergency response system.
•        Development and implementation of procedures for carrying
out site control and scene management.
•        Describe the procedures to perform non-entry retrieval.
•        Development and implementation of procedures for the
identification and utilization of personal protective equipment
assigned for use at a rope rescue incident.


•        Demonstrate procedures for routine confined space entry.
•        Identify the three categories of confined space workers.
•        Describe the purpose of confined space ventilation
•        Procedures to monitor continuously, or at frequent intervals,
the atmosphere in all parts of the space to be entered and to
monitor for, in order, oxygen content, flammability (LEL/LFL), and
•        Procedures for entry-type rescues into confined spaces.
•        Procedures for selecting protective clothing for use in
confined space rescues.
•        Describe the difference between SCBA and SAR equipment
and their use in confined space entry.
•        Describe lockout/tagout and other procedures for isolating
confined spaces.
•        Procedures for planning and using an incident management
system at confined space emergencies.

•        Name the three categories of pre-incident planning for
confined space rescues.
•        List the key provisions of the OSHA confined space standard
that apply to rescuers.
•        Procedures to assure that rescue team members shall take
part in a medical surveillance program.
•        Planning response for entry-type confined space rescues in
hazardous environments.
•        Implementing the planned response.
•        List features that must be considered when developing a
ventilation system for a confined space.
•        Identify the main factors to consider when developing a
ventilation system.