Where do you go for Confined Space Safety Training Singapore?

You come to Simply Safety of Course

The current mandatory course is the Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO)

Previously known as Confined Space Safety Orientation Course or Manhole Safety Orientation Course

Call us +65 8884 4528 for immediate booking of Perform Work in Confined Space Operation

This PWICSO or (PWCSO) course was formerly called Safety Orientation Course for Workers - Manhole SOC Manhole or Manhole SOC

The SSG WSQ Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWICSO(PWCSO) is one of the core units in all process sectors of Process Industry.

Why take the PWICSO Perform Work in Confined Space Course (PWCSO)?

To enter into any confined space, you need to be trained and competent. You must know the hazards and the controls of working safely in a confined space. Even if you are not entering a confined space, but you are working as a confined space attended, you will need to be trained and competent. This Perform Work in Confined Space Course is the mandated course for entry or work in confined spaces

Who should attend PWICSO Perform Work in Confined Space Operation Course (PWCSO)?

  • Confined Space Entrant (includes manholes, tanks, vessels, etc)

  • Confined Space Attendant (includes manholes, tanks, vessels etc)

 

PWICSO (PWCSO) Assumed Skills and Knowledge

PWICSO Learners will be able to listen, read, speak and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System (ESS) Level 2.

 

Course Outline for Perform Work in Confined Space Operation

for the SSG WSQ Perform Work in Confined Space Operation are

  • PWICSO (PWCSO) Identify duties and responsibilities of all personnel involved in confined space work under the WSH Legislations and Code of Practice.

  • PWICSO (PWCSO) Identify confined space hazards

  • PWICSO (PWCSO) Use Gas Detection Instruments for atmospheric monitoring

  • PWICSO (PWCSO) Comply with Permit-to-Work system and safe work procedures when working in confined space

  • PWICSO (PWCSO) Participate in an Emergency for confined space

 

Course Duration for the Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO):

  • 14 Hours (Inclusive of Assessment)

 

PWICSO (PWCSO) Assessment:

  • Written Questions

  • Practical Performance

  • Upon completion of the Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO) course and passing the examination, a Statement of Attainment (SOA) from Skillsfuture Singapore (SSG) will be awarded.

 

PWICSO Perform Work in Confined Space Operation Price of Course:

  • Price per participant: SGD$150

Drop us an email to find the latest schedule of the Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO) or just more details

Additional Information about the Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO)

Legal Requirement for Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO) Training

Under the Factories (Safety Training Courses) Order 2001 which came into effect in June 2001, all workers, including Singaporeans, must undergo a Safety Orientation Course (Manholes) before they are allowed to work in Manholes and other Confined Spaces. This is now under the Workplace Safety Health Act and its subsidiary legislations

A Confined Space worker or a Manhole Worker when about to perform work in confined space operations, as appointed by the Principal or Employer of a workplace, will play the role of either an entrant or an attendant.

As such the Confined Space Entrant has the responsibility to:
i) coordinate with the confined space attendant, confined space supervisor and confined space (manhole) safety assessor to ensure safe entry in and egress from the confined space or manhole,
ii) assess the working conditions in the confined space or manhole and evacuate the confined space or manhole when it is unsafe to work,
iii) only carry out prescribed work activities (ie perform the work that is allowed), for allowed durations, as approved on the entry permit.

 

The Confined Space attendant has the responsibility to :
i) coordinate with the confined space entrant, confined space supervisor and confined space (manhole) safety assessor to ensure entrants safe entry in and egress from the confined space or manhole,
ii) prevent unauthorized entry into the confined space or manhole,
iii) maintain regular visual and/or verbal contact with the confined space entrants
iv) assess the working conditions in the manhole and alert the confined space entrants to evacuate when the confined space or manhole is unsafe to work in,
v) alert the confined space rescue personnel to activate the confined space rescue operation.

Under the Singapore Workplace Safety Health Act and its subsidiary regulations- Workplace Safety Health (Confined Space) Regulations

 In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires —

“authorised manager” means an authorised manager appointed under regulation 9 and includes any other person appointed to perform the duties of an authorised manager by the responsible person;

“competent person” means a person who has sufficient experience and training to perform the work required to be carried out;

confined space” means any chamber, tank, manhole, vat, silo, pit, pipe, flue or other enclosed space, in which —

(a)dangerous gases, vapours or fumes are liable to be present to such an extent as to involve a risk of fire or explosion, or persons being overcome thereby;

(b)the supply of air is inadequate, or is likely to be reduced to be inadequate, for sustaining life; or

(c)there is a risk of engulfment by material;

confined space attendant” means a confined space attendant appointed under regulation 22;

confined space entry permit” means a permit issued under regulation 13;

confined space safety assessor” means a confined space safety assessor appointed under regulation 9(b);

“entry” means ingress by a person into a confined space which occurs when the person’s head passes through an opening into the confined space;

“hazardous atmosphere” means an atmosphere where —

(a)the level of oxygen in the atmosphere is not within the range of 19.5% to 23.5% by volume;

(b)the level of flammable gas or vapour in the atmosphere is 10% or more of its lower explosive limit; or

(c)the levels of toxic substances in the atmosphere exceed the permissible exposure levels as specified in the First Schedule to the Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) Regulations (Rg 1);

“responsible person”, in relation to a person entering or working in a confined space, means —

(a)his employer; or

(b)the principal under whose direction he enters or works in the confined space.

Working Safely in Confined Spaces

Learn about the hazards of working in confined spaces.

Hazards in Confined Spaces

Many hazards can exist in confined spaces. Some examples include:

  • Suffocation (due to oxygen deficiency)

  • Fire and explosion (by flammable gases and vapours)

  • Poisoning (by toxic gases, vapours or fumes)

  • Engulfment or entrapment (by materials such as collapsing particles)

  • Falling from heights (openings, scaffolds)

Confined Space Entry Permit

The confined space entry permit provides a formal check to ensure that all the elements of a safe system of work are in place before persons can enter and work in confined spaces.

It should include:

  • Identification and location of the confined space;

  • Purpose of entry;

  • Entry date, time and duration;

  • Potential hazards and their control measures;

  • PPE;

  • Other precautions (e.g. barricades, signboards);

  • Emergency response plan;

  • Name of confined space attendant;

  • Atmospheric testing results (of the confined space); and

  • Names and signatures of supervisor, confined space safety assessor and authorised manager.

Employer’s Role

You must:

  • Evaluate the need to enter the confined space.

  • Ensure safe means of access to and egress from the confined space.

  • Make information of the confined space available to persons who may be exposed to the hazards of the confined space.

  • Ensure safe practices are in place for opening the entrance to the confined space.

  • Ensure there is sufficient and suitable lighting for entry into and work in the confined space.

  • Implement procedures and controls for entry into the confined space including gas testing.

  • Provide training for working safely in confined spaces for workers and supervisors.

  • Establish emergency rescue plan and provide rescue equipment.

  • Appoint a confined space attendant.

When is the earliest schedule for Perform Work in Confined Space Operations Course?

We have the Perform Work in Confined Space every single day. Give us a call and make your bookings for the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations.

Book now for your confined space training with us in the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations

Tentative Schedule for Perform Work in Confined Space Operation- October 2022

17) 1 October 2022 -   Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

18) 2 October 2022 -  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

19) 3 October 2022 -  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

20) 4 October 2022 -  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

21) 5 October 2022 -  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

22) 6 October 2022 - Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

23) 7 October 2022 -  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

24) 8 October 2022 - Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

25) 9 October 2022 -  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

26) 10 October 2022- Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

27) 11 October 2022-  Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

28) 12 October 2022- Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

29) 13 October 2022- Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

30) 14 October 2022 - Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

31) 15 October 2022 - Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

32) 16 October 2022 - Perform Work in Confined Space Operation PWICSO (PWCSO) (English, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Myanmar)

 

Is there funding available for Perform Work in Confined Space Operation (PWCSO)?

Give us a call to enquire further 

Where can I take the Perform Work in Confined Space Operation Course?

You can take the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations Course at Simply Safety. Call us to find out the location or email us to make the bookings. 

Working in confined spaces?

People like to ask "What are Confined Spaces"

Are they small spaces? Are they tight spaces?

No. Confined Spaces can be big, small, long

 

Then what is the definition of a Confined Space?

A confined space is one which is both enclosed, or largely enclosed, and which also has a reasonably foreseeable risk to workers of fire, explosion, loss of consciousness, asphyxiation or drowning.

In some definitions, Confined Spaces are

- no natural ventilation

- no natural lighting

- not meant or designed for occupation by people (they were designed for product, substances, etc)

- entry and access to and from the confined space is limited

 

What are the examples of confined spaces?

Silos, vats, drums, exchangers, sewers, tanks, vessels

Some tanks can be small and tight. Some tanks can be as large as 30m height and able to fit even a plane inside (just for illustration)

 

What are the hazards confined spaces?

Working in a confined space is dangerous because of the risks from noxious fumes, reduced oxygen levels, or a risk of fire.

 

What are the other dangers of confined spaces?

Other dangers may include flooding/drowning or asphyxiation from some other source such as dust, grain or other contaminant.

 

What should you have to do?

With the hierarchy of controls- the best is eliminate the need to enter confined space.

Wherever possible, you should avoid carrying out tasks in confined spaces. An example is COW (Cargo Oil Washing machines) in cargo oil tanks. So there is little need to enter a cargo oil tank.

 

There are other control measures like

if a confined space has noxious fumes, you should consider how these can be ventilated or removed

if there is a risk of liquids or gases flooding in, you should establish whether the valves can be locked shut

if someone is going into a confined space and there is not enough oxygen to breathe properly, you must provide breathing apparatus or ventilate the space to increase oxygen levels before entering

You should have emergency arrangements where necessary. If someone is working in a confined space, think about the following:

 

Can you see or feel dangerous fumes or vapours?

No some fumes and vapours are not visible or dont even have a smell.

You cannot rely on your own senses to know if its safe or not safe. This is why people use Gas Detectors when entering or working in Confined Spaces

 

 

Dos and don'ts of working in confined spaces

Do…

Be aware of the risks that may occur within a confined space

make sure the person doing the work is capable and trained in both the work and the use of any emergency equipment

 

Don't…

work in confined spaces unless it's essential to do so

ignore the risks – just because a confined space is safe one day doesn't mean it will always be let others enter a confined space until you are sure it's safe to do so

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions on 
SSG WSQ Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWICSO (PWCSO)
(WSQ certification - Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO
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1) What was this course called previously

The Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO course was formerly known as Safety Orientation Course for Manhole Workers SOC Manhole. 

2) Do I need this course, do my workers need this course?

Generally if you need to enter or work in a Confined Space Operations whether it is an oil and gas or pharmaceutical plant, construction or any other confined space you will need this certification. Without the PWCSO Course certification, you will not be allowed to enter the or work in confined spaces. 

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3) When is the schedule for the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO

Call us and we may have slots for students coming in to our existing schedules

 

4) What is the price of the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO

It is SGD$150 per person

5) When is the earliest schedule of the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO

Simply Safety runs the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO everyday.

6) How do I book the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations PWCSO

You can call us or email us and make that booking directly

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