Confined Space Attendant

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An attendant is a worker who is trained in the hazards of confined spaces and whose primary responsibility is to monitor and assist the workers in the confined space.

Assistance includes maintaining communication with the workers via an adequate communication system, calling for emergency rescue, providing confined space workers with fresh air packs and other personal protective equipment.

Attendant must be trained:

  • When first assigned to duties in and around confined spaces.
  • Before there is a change in assigned duties.
  • Whenever there is a change in operations that presents a hazard in and around confined space.
  • Whenever the permit-space entry procedures change.

It is critically important that the people involved in making confined space entries are qualified and experienced and therefore trained in the associated hazards, which unfortunately in many circumstances is not the case. Also, when seeing a colleague collapsed within an enclosed space it is a natural impulsive reaction to rush in and assist. Unfortunately this is one of the main causes of fatalities as over 50% of the workers who die in confined spaces are attempting to rescue other workers who have found themselves in difficulty.

NIST has delivered CSE training to offshore, marine, metro rail, steel, cement and telecom industries. We have also ensured Risk Management for maintenance and repairs in enclosed space for clients like Honeywell, Bangalore Metro.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of Confined Space Entrant/ Attendant training, the student will be familiar with:

  • Describe the entry permit.
  • Define the system for preparation, issuance, use, and cancellation of the entry permit.
  • Understand permit-required confined spaces.
  • Practices to mitigate hazards encountered while working in a confined space.
  • Instruct your workers on the proper use of equipment.
  • Understand the duties of the Attendant, Entrant and Supervisor.
  • Understand atmospheric hazards and testing procedures.
  • Understand the parameters of electronic gas monitors.
  • Understand basic properties of four main gases encountered in a confined space.
  • Understand ventilation techniques.
  • Define rescue and emergency procedures.

The training sessions would be as per industrial guidelines and best practices.

Who can take the Course?

Every worker that enters a confined space must have hands-on training as an essential part of CSE training.


Most important is training ensures legal compliance when work involves confines space entry. All confined space training includes some hands-on training with the safety equipment including protective equipment, safety harnesses and therefore builds up competence. Training provides an opportunity to refresh rescue procedures that should be practiced frequently so there is a high level of proficiency. Organization understands the need for Safe System of Work in maintaining records of all such confined space training including refresher courses.

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