PDC 805: Planning for Confined Space Rescue – NEW!

Kenneth Eck, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CFPS Lead Instructor
Wappingers Falls, NY 
United States of America
Robert Henderson, MBA Instructor
GfG Instrumentation, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI 
United States of America
Edward Primeau, CIH Instructor
Mount Laurel, NJ 
United States of America
Thu, 6/4: 8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM 
Professional Development Course 
Georgia World Congress Center - Building B 
Room: B215 
CM Credit Hours:


The PDC will provide attendees with general and specific considerations that should be employed to evaluate permit required confined spaces with special or unique hazards. The course will review: a) previous incidents that resulted in fatalities or severe injury; b) a comprehensive confined space entry and rescue plan; c) a discussion of lessons learned; d) preplanning pitfalls; and e) the role of the IH within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) structure. Small working groups will evaluate confined spaces containing unique rescue hazards. Attendees will: 1) utilize collective collaboration techniques; 2) practice how to correctly evaluate spaces; and 3) develop a confined space entry and rescue plan. The tabletop exercise will require that a rescue be performed, and the groups review the effectiveness of the preplanning efforts. The afternoon session will focus on actual simulated rescues, rescue considerations, and hands-on demonstrations of confined space rescue equipment.

*Registration includes boxed luncheon.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.

Course Outline

• Introduction and Course Goals
• Review of Previous Incidents Involving Rescue/Recovery
• Introduction to Incident Management and NIMS
• Developing Preplans for Confined Space Rescue
• Group Session - Tabletop Exercise Learning
• Hands-on Exercises: 1) Grain Silos, 2) Trench Collapses, 3) Gas Monitoring and Real Time Instrumentation, 4) Entry and Rescue Equipment Familiarization.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Develop an understanding of unique, hard to evaluate confined space hazards.
• Review and evaluate previous incidents in which rescue was a significant issue.
• Develop a confined space entry plan, with attention to the rescue and recovery.
• Discuss the developed rescue plans and the major issues related to confined space rescue.
• Recognize the rescue equipment and training needed to effect a successful rescue. 


Attendees should have a familiarity with the regulations and standards applicable to confined space entries.


Value Added

Attendees should leave the session with a) an understanding of the multifaceted issues when a confined space entry goes wrong; b) the knowledge to properly evaluate confined spaces and develop a comprehensive entry and rescue plan; and c) understanding of the instruments and other resources essential for success. Copies of the OSHA confined space standard, case studies of actual incidents, and checklists will be provided. 

Business Case/IH Value Statement

Attendees will gain the understanding of the NIMS/ICS system allowing them to integrate and coordinate with local agencies and business's. This will allow the attendee to reduce the potential for a confined space rescue and if a rescue is required during the entry, proper planning and responses will have been developed by the CIH.  

Course Level


Learning Aids

Laptop or Tablet/iPad

Learning Level(s)



Confined Spaces
Emergency Preparedness & Response

Transfer of Knowledge

Group activities
Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
Practice exercises