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Expertise is very important in managing confined space risks

Expertise plays a very important role in a confined space

Aside being completely or partially enclosed, a confined space poses a lot of risks to people. It is believed that about 60% of confined space fatalities have been among the would-be rescue team.  The dangers or hazards that abound within a confined space are a lot more than normal workspaces.

Daniel Okrent opined that: “Right, but there’s expertise and then there’s inside information. And I think we have to make the distinction.” The Oxford dictionary defines expertise as: “an expert skill or knowledge in a particular field.” If you are regarded as an expert in a given field, it becomes apparent that you have a higher degree of knowledge or authority in the given subject matter.

In the field of confined space, the role of an expert is very crucial in ensuring the safety of workers. The experts know the confined space regulations, the risks involved, the appropriate equipment and the ability to make a quick and well-informed decision.


Expertise plays a very important role in a confined space


It is with regards to the abovementioned and the importance of expertise, that a well-trained confined space top-man, from the Hydro Cleansing team was able to upgrade a 2 man confined space team to an additional 3 man rescue team.

The task ahead was one that required a great degree of careful planning and expertise, where every little detail was important. To get into as much detail as possible, there was a tunnel with a length of about 75 metres. One of the bigger challenges was an exposed 11, 000v power line. The other issue was an overflowing sewer that had led to an aggregation of waste. The confined space team were expected to clean the sewer overflow to enable the safe repair of the power lines.



Expertise plays a very important role in a confined space

The Hydro Cleansing top-man utilised his deep understanding of health and safety legislation, to make the important decisions that helped this job end in success. The top-man utilised his expertise to make the confined space refined or cleared for the repair of the power line.

For confined space experts, please contact our hotline 0800 740 8888

What is a Confined Space?

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What is a Confined Space?

Defined by the HSE as:

“A place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby”

Hydro Cleansings specialist, experienced, certificated Confined Space teams are on hand to carry out full assessments and offer support when needed for Confined Space working call 0800 740 8888

Hydro Cleansing provide a safe hands from the risk associated when working in a Confined Space for example (but not limited to):

  • Asphyxiation
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Exposure to hazardous substances
  • Drowning

Hydro Cleansing will listen to your requirements and match one of our Confined Space team to the works to be undertaken, from 2 Man to larger team if required.

At all times Hydro Cleansing put Health and Safety and risks associated with Confined Space work at the forefront of ours and your needs prior to undertaking works.

To talk to one of Hydro Cleansings expert Confined Space Account Managers or outside of office hours  for a service that is truly 24/7, 365 days a year professional  service call 0800 740 8888 the number is the same whatever the time of day.

Health and safety is an important aspect of a confined space environment.


Five things to know about confined space rescue

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Confined space rescue

In life, being confined is not the most pleasant of experiences and most people do not plan to find themselves in this situation. When one is confined to a location, city, building or circumstance there tends to be a great degree of frustration. People get agitated and somewhat helpless when they are confined in life. Have you ever found yourself confined, restricted, trapped or helpless in a given situation or circumstance? Hold your answer for a minute as we pose the next question to you. How did you feel when you were free from the restriction or limitation? Where there certain steps that were taken to get you out of that limitation, confinement or circumstance? Keep your thoughts streaming as we jump into the core focus of this piece.

    Meaning of a confined space

A confined space could be viewed as any space of a confined nature where there is a likelihood of death or major bodily injury from hazardous elements or dangerous conditions. The easiest way to identify a confined space is not by going into it but by checking to see if it is a compartment with limited openings. This includes: storage tanks, open-topped chambers, vats, combustion chambers, silos, reaction vessels, sewers, duct-work and a poorly ventilated room.


 Five things to know about confined space rescue

1)Risk assessment: Carrying out a risk assessment is a legal requirement for any confined space rescue mission. In the Management of Health and safety work regulations of 1990, regulation 3, a comprehensive assessment of the risk has to be conducted, with the capturing of possible hazards and identifying the appropriate procedures to adopt. It is not a wise idea to jump into rescuing someone trapped in a confined space, without assessing the risk that abounds and the best approach to be taken.

2)Avoid Entering a confined space: You might be spurred by the moment and somewhat rely on your instincts to make a brave rescue attempt. The wise decision is to avoid entering the confined space and quickly contact a trained confined space rescue team. These trained teams will avoid entering the confined space if it is avoidable as different approaches like remote clearing of silos, remote camera inspection and the modification of the confined space could suffice.

3)Implementation of a safe working system: If entering the confined space is the only option, then there is the need to ensure there is a safe working system established inside the confined space. There is the need to have a functional team led by a supervisor who is responsible in making sure precautionary measures are taken.

4)Communications: An effective communication system is required between the teams outside the confined space and those found inside. This is very important as it could prove vital in a case of an emergency.

5)Provision of breathing equipment: A confined space may frequently experience a lack of oxygen or a polluted space. Having breathing apparatus is not just essential but could be a life saver. It is very important for breathing apparatus or gadgets to be provided as the space may not be conducive for breathing because of gas, vapor or lack of oxygen.  It is not advisable to ease or mitigate the air in a confined space with oxygen as this could lead to a possible fire outbreak or explosion.

 The above list is by no means exhaustive but they provide essential points with regards to confined space rescue operation. At Hydro cleansing, our confined space division have fully trained crew that are passionate about putting a smile on your faces through our professional and safe rescue operations. We could be contacted on our 24 hour emergency number: 0208 689 3339.