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CANADIAN MINING PERSPECTIVES: Be comfortable in tight places

People have asked me if I am scared going underground. The answer is no because I am not the claustrophobic type, a...


People have asked me if I am scared going underground. The answer is no because I am not the claustrophobic type, and I can’t imagine many miners are either. However, just in case the problem should arise, YOW CANADA has organized an online course called “Confined Spaces Awareness”.

This two-hour course is intended for any worker who is likely to enter a confined space or who performs related work. Trainees learn about confined spaces and their hazards, pre-entry requirements and how to safely enter a confined space. Four modules including interactive exercises and quizzes must be completed to earn a Confined Spaces Awareness training certificate.

Maybe the organizers consider a “confined space” to be the interior of a tank or rail car, and they never thought of the headings in a bustling underground environment. If any reader has time to look over the course at www.YowCanada.com, please let us know if there is something that might be of use to the mining industry.

Yow Canada also offers online and video training for the transport of dangerous goods (TDG) and the workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS).


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