Learning how to learning with a disability

My kid is such as smart guy but he struggles to sit still and complete assessment tasks. I knew that I needed to learn more about how to get people with sensory processing disabilities to learn effectively. It turns out that by using some of the latest teaching techniques and some additional teaching resources such as wiggle chairs and fiddle balls which can help kids to focus. My son has had such great results with a different style of teaching which is why I wanted t start this blog. It should be useful for parents and teachers of kids with sensory processing issues.

What to Do if Work Needs to Be Carried Out in a Confined or Restricted Space

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As a business owner, manager or supervisor, you may be faced with an unusual repair task at work. This may not be something that you've come across before and presents a significant challenge. You may have been told that the area in question poses risks to the employees as they enter and conduct repairs, and you need to put in place specific safety protocol. In particular, you may be confused about the difference between some definitions laid down by the government. Is the space in question restricted or confined? What do you need to bear in mind, either way?

What Are the Definitions?

Government regulations set out the definition of a restricted space as an area that presents physical restrictions to those who may seek to enter it. These restrictions may impact any activities to be carried out within. On the other hand, if the space is defined as "confined" then the regulations say that it is neither designed nor intended to be occupied by any people and the risks posed could be exacerbated by the presence of contaminants, the risk of fire or low oxygen levels. The government has outlined different procedures for you as the supervisor or manager in charge, depending on whether the space is restricted or confined.

Your Obligations

In every case, any space that could be managed in this situation has to be notified to the government by entering its details into a register. The entry points to the particular space have to be identified by signage and normal entry must be restricted. Before any work can be undertaken in one of the spaces, a risk assessment has to be conducted by management, in order to identify what hazards may be present and figure out how any work can be undertaken in the circumstances. The type of risk expected has to be clearly understood and an emergency response plan attached.

It's also necessary to rehearse any procedure that would be put in place should an emergency be declared and those who may be asked to enter the restricted or confined space have to be trained, so that they are familiar with all the risks in advance. They must be very clear about what they could encounter, how they should react in various circumstances and what will happen in the emergency response. This isn't a one-time job, either, as such employees have to be reassessed every year.

Specific Additional Precautions

As the confined space situation is more challenging in many respects, a written authority has to be issued by the person who has overall control of the facility, before anybody is permitted to enter that area. The onus is on the said supervisor to ensure that all of the risk assessments have been completed before this happens. Part of the pre-event work will include testing and monitoring the atmosphere within for safe oxygen levels, managing any contaminant risk if appropriate and not letting any personnel into the area without safety or respiratory devices as needed.


9 May 2017