How To Prepare For Emergencies In Confined Space Entry

One of the most important things that you can do in the case of an emergency in the confined space entry is to prepare. That’s right – it’s absolutely necessary for you to have rescue personnel with personal protective and rescue equipment available to help keep your employees safe in the event of a safety incident.

 

The rescue service personnel, as well as your employees, must also be trained as authorized entrants and to be trained in performing the assigned rescue duties, CPR and first aid. It is necessary to practice rescue exercises on an annual basis and to adequately inform employee of the confined space’s hazards.

 

For authorized confined space entrants, they must have a chest or full body harness on, attached to a retrieval line at the center of their backs. If this option doesn’t see feasible or if it creates a greater hazard, then wristlets may be used instead. The retrieval line must be attached to a fixed point or a mechanical device outside of the confined space and it must be capable of retrieving a persona who is in a vertical space more than 5ft deep.

 

Finally, it is up to you, as the employer, to make sure that if an injured entrant has been exposed to a substance that requires a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) to be kept, then that record must be given to the medical personnel treating the individual.
A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. Since Advanced Consulting and Training Ltd.’s founding, their diverse team of certified health and safety professionals have taken great pride in their ability to deliver prompt, cost-effective and relevant workplace health and safety solutions. As a MOL approved, TSSA accredited, and WSIB approved provider, we look forward to discussing how ACT can help with your companies safety requirements. Contact us today.