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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 16. Labor And Employment
Agency 25. Safety And Health Codes Board
Chapter 70. Virginia Confined Space Standard for the Telecommunications Industry

16VAC25-70-70. Training.

A. The employer shall inform his employees of the hazards of working in confined spaces by providing specific training to employees before they may be authorized to enter a confined space.

1. General. The employer shall assure that the qualified person and all employees who may be required to enter a confined space have received training covering the following subjects:

a. Hazard recognition;

b. Use of respiratory protection equipment if the use of such equipment will be required. Training requirements are specified in 16VAC25-90-1910.134;

c. Use of atmospheric testing devices for those employees required to perform atmospheric tests. Training shall cover field checks as specified by the manufacturer, normal use, and specific limitations of the equipment;

d. Lockout and tagging procedures;

e. Use of special equipment and tools;.

f. Emergency and rescue methods and procedures.

2. Rescue Teams. Rescue Teams shall be trained to use the equipment they may need to perform rescue functions assigned to them.

a. At least annually rescue teams shall practice removing victims through openings and portals of the same size, configuration and accessibility as those of spaces from which an actual rescue could be required.

b. The attendant or at least one member of each rescue team shall hold current certification in basic first aid and CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation).

B. The employer shall maintain the records of the most recent training program conducted. These records shall include the dates of the training program, the instructors of the training program, and the employees to whom the training was given.

Statutory Authority

§ 40.1-22(5) of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR425-02-30, § 7, eff. November 15, 1987; amended, eff. July 1, 1988.

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