Confined Spaces – The Human Mousetrap

Whether it’s a pesky mouse pulling cheese from a mouse trap or a heroic would-be rescuer following a coworker into the same space that claimed her friend, we all take risks to achieve our end goal; to survive. That means survival for ourselves and survival for all those around us.

Unlike a mouse trap, a confined space’s hazards do not go away after the trap has been tripped. Like a mouse trap, however, entry into some confined spaces can result in the same shortcoming that our pesky friend suffered; a lack of survival. The cheese in a confined space can be a task, a dropped or forgotten tool, a coworker, or the thing that gets cats; curiosity.

In this introductory course, we’ll discuss the basics of confined spaces. We’ll look at what they are and the risks they can carry. On one hand, our pesky friend’s lack of knowledge trumped its core mission; survival. We, on the other hand, are not mice. This webinar is a 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A.


Upon completion, participants will be able to: 

  1. List all three qualifiers defining whether a space is a confined space
  2. Describe the difference between permit entry and non-permit entry confined spaces
  3. Explain the role of each actor in confined space entry – entrant, attendant, and supervisor
  4. Identify at least 2 hazards generally encountered in permit entry confined spaces
  5. List at least 2 methods or choices for confined space rescue
Updated on January 10, 2017