MCA Chicago teams up with The Horton Group to teach course on OSHA’s new Standard for Confined Spaces in Construction

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The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago (MCA Chicago)  has teamed up with the Horton Group’s Gary Glader—a leading safety consultant—to teach a comprehensive workshop on OSHA’s new Confined Spaces in Construction standard, which went into effect Aug. 3.

The far-reaching new rule mandates stricter stipulations for entering and working in confined spaces on construction jobsites.

The course, which will be offered at MCA Chicago’s Construction Education Institute on Oct. 22, is aimed at facility owners and managers as well as employers, managers and trades workers in the mechanical and general contracting industries.

Under OSHA’s new provisions, contractors must develop a written confined space entry program that specifies procedures for entry and that establishes a concrete emergency rescue plan. The new rule also requires that contractors develop a confined space permit system and appoint a trained individual to identity the types of confined spaces involved in a project. In addition, contractors must now coordinate communications with the controlling employer and host employer and provide training to all personnel involved in confined space entry activity on a jobsite.

A certified instructor for the OSHA Training Institute, Glader will provide an in-depth introduction to the intricacies of the new rule. The course will survey a broad range of topics, including:

  • The hazards associated with working in confined spaces
  • The different types of confined spaces
  • The procedures specific to each space
  • The new requirements for a written confined space entry program
  • The roles and responsibilities of the employers
  • A recommended course of action for implementing an effective confined space entry program

The course will also highlight the financial risks of disregarding or violating the new rule.

“Given his expertise and his extensive experience in dealing with OSHA and trade associations, Gary [Glader] was the logical choice to teach this course,” said MCA Chicago executive vice-president Stephen Lamb. “At MCA, safety and education are two of our highest priorities, and it is our goal to provide our members with the most up-to-date and extensive safety education possible. Everyone wants to see their employees and colleagues get home safe, and that starts with education and awareness on the jobsite.”

MCA Chicago presents this new course alongside twelve other certified safety courses offered through the Construction Education Institute this semester, including two “Confined Space Entry” courses available online. The first of these remote courses is intended to train workers on the various types of confined spaces and their corresponding entry requirements, and the second is intended to train workers how to work safely within permit-required confined spaces. The courses are open to all members of the Piping Education Council, as well as affiliated trade associations.

The Construction Education Institute is at 7065 Veterans Blvd. in Burr Ridge, IL. For more information, and to register, visit


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