Confined space by definition is entry or exit way with-limited or restricted space and not designed for non-continuous occupancy. Underground vaults, tunnels, tanks, manholes, silos and pipelines are the few examples that categorize as confined space.Initial training that provide participants with essential knowledge and skills for confined space activities according to Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA 1994) and Industry Code of Practice (ICOP 2010). Who Should Attend – Workers who or perform confined space work.
AUTHORISED ENTRANT & STANDBY PERSON FOR CONFINED SPACE(AESP)
Authorized Entrant (AE) and Standby Person (SP) is personnel who has attended a training course for AESP and passed the examination. AE means a worker who is authorized to enter the confined space, while SP means a worker who is responsible to be outside of the confined space and supervising the AE at the same time running the duty as a standby person as stated in the AESP program.
Employers shall make sure all workers had undergone AESP training before entering a confined space area (ICOP Confined Space 2010).
AUTHORISED GAS TESTER (AGT) & ENTRY SUPERVISOR (ES) A.G.T.E.S
Authorized Gas Tester (AGT) and Entry Supervisor (ES) is a personnel who has attended a training course for AGTES, passed the examination and registered as a competent person with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Malaysia. Permit Issuer (PI) is personnel who has attended a training course for AGTES. AGT is responsible to run an atmospheric test and declaring the confined space is safe for work or not, meanwhile, ES is responsible to supervise the entrant of workers into the confined space. PI is responsible to issue a permit involving confined space work. PI cannot act as an ES for the same activity at the same time.
The employer shall hire an AGT to run an atmospheric test before declaring the confined space is safe for work (ICOP Confines Space 2010)