confined space regulations
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.