Confined Space Safety (You have the right to a safe workplace!)
According to 29 CFR 1910.146 (k)(1), all employers who spearhead rescue and emergency services have to ensure that the rescue team is competent enough to aid victims in a TIMELY manner.
- Common mistakes in confined work spaces
- Failure to determine a space is confined
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- Trusting senses only
- Underestimating the dangers and known hazards in the space
- Forgetting the imminence of a hazard
- Making improper rescue attempts
Before entering a confined space
- Determine what a confined space is
- Come prepared to enter the confined space
- Determine the safety of the confined space
- Prepare for rescue attempts
Emergency Rescue servicesEmergency rescue teams should be available while authorized entrants are in the confined space To prevent deaths during a rescue mission, employees should not be encouraged to aid victims if they don’t have the proper training for it.
- Non-Entry – this involves rescue missions that are conducted without the need for entry in the confined space. A rope or winch are more than enough to conduct this.
- Entry by others – companies that don’t have trained rescue teams for confined space rescues often call in external emergency services. This includes the Fire Department.
- Entry by trained employees – Some companies train in-house employees to conduct rescue missions. At least one person is a certified CPR and first aid user and all of them are trained to use specialized equipment.