Confined Space Gas-Free


During the Confined Space Gas Free training session, your duties conducting atmospheric testing are outlined as well as the possible hazards that can occur in a confined space.

Shipyard competent person is a required certification under OSHA to be able to perform specific functions. A Shipyard competent person is the only person that can perform confined space testing other than a marine chemist or Certified Industrial Hygienist certified person. This course covers all the necessary information as required by OSHA regulations.

Only the Employer’s Company can designate an employee as a Shipyard “Competent” person. Safety Management Systems provides the following training in order for the employer to meet that goal.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Confined Space Gas-Free training, the student will be familiar with:

  • Hazard Description and Recognition
    • Relevant terms, fire and explosion theory, relevant chemistry (including concepts of flash points, explosive range, the role of oxygen, classification of fuels and solvent vapor pressure)
    • Toxicity resources, guidance and standards: OSHA maritime standards
    • MSDS information and skills
  • Hazard Evaluation and Measurement
    • Instrumentation, theory, operation, maintenance, calibration, limitation of testing equipment
    • Preparation for and the execution of shipboard confined space testing
  • Hazard Prevention, Control and Elimination
    • Regulations: Scope and application of OSHA 1915 and NFPA 306
    • The responsibilities and interaction of the competent person and NFPA certificated Marine Chemist
    • Control of ignition sources
    • Ventilation theory and application
    • Key aspects of respiratory protection
    • The fire watch
    • Written competent person records
  • Practical exercises and applications
    • Practice exercises in testing, record-keeping and MSDS
    • Review of key elements
    • Examination

Additional Information

Course Length: 16 hrs

CFR Reference: NFPA 306; 29 CFR 1915 Subpart B; Best Safe Work Practices

Written Exam: Written and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course.

Retraining: Company-specific.

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