Safety Talks – Confined Space Entry
Roughly 10% of all confined space entry accidents result in someone’s death. Specific procedures must be developed and followed for every entry due to the fact that confined spaces present a variety of hazards. The following points are a good place to start to review your facility’s procedures regarding permit required – confined space entry.
- Review the hazards associated with the space by gathering a copy of the entry permit and hazard assessment.
- Ensure that all equipment is in good working order. This includes, but is not limited to PPE, Rescue Retrieval Equipment and Communications Equipment.
- Ensure that Lockout / Tagout procedures are followed to eliminate hazardous energy.
- Conduct continuous air monitoring using a multi-gas monitor
- Ensure the space is properly labeled with a confined space “DANGER” sign.
- Review the “DANGER” sign to ensure the information corresponds with the information on the hazard assessment.
Both the entrant and the attendant have specific responsibilities during a confined space entry.
- Understand signs and symptoms of exposure that the entrant may exhibit.
- Remain outside the space during entry operations – Do not leave the space unattended.
- Monitor atmospheric conditions within the confined space.
- Maintain communications with the entrant.
- Do not perform any work activities while attending an entry.
- Initiate emergency rescue by notifying the emergency rescue team on site.
- Understand the potential hazards and be aware of symptoms of exposure.
- Wear proper PPE as specified on the permit or hazard assessment.
- Maintain constant communication with the attendant.
- Evacuate the space immediately upon notification by Entry Attendant.
- Alert the attendant and exit the space immediately when there is a warning sign or symptom of exposure to hazards.
For further discussion about Confined Spaces, check out our Safety Talks – Confined Space Identification.
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