It doesn’t matter what the size or location of your confined space is, you still need to have a plan in place and be prepared for any emergencies that could arise. Training, preparedness and a confined space rescue plan are imperative for the safety of the workers who must go into the space before anybody in the vicinity.
Defining your confined space
Understanding the ins and outs of your confined space is the best place to start. It is your duty to know what it means to be a business with a confined space and what your responsibilities are in accordance with important safety laws. If you are unsure whether you have a confined space on the premises, check with a confined space specialist so that you can be best prepared for any potential accidents or emergencies that may arise.
There are specific confined space regulations and rules for good reason. A confined space means that there are limited entrances and exits and the potential for low oxygen levels or other hazards. This may be a space that is used frequently or infrequently, such as for periodic cleanings. But no matter how often a human must be inside the space, you still need to follow the important safety regulations and have a rescue plan in place at all times.
Potential hazards in a confined space
Hopefully, no emergency scenarios will occur in your workplace, specifically in any confined spaces. However, there are definitely potential hazards that everyone on the premises needs to be aware of. Having a professional check the space and explain exactly what could go wrong will help immensely in your rescue plans and preparations.
Some of the potential hazards that you may come across in specific confined spaces involve the air quality. For example, there could be hazardous vapours or lack of oxygen the further you get into the confined space. Depending on the size of the space, entrapment could be a potential hazard. If there is water in the area, you are more at risk for water accidents.
The importance of training
Having a confined space rescue plan is key for the management of any of the potential hazard scenarios. Your rescue plan may involve equipment or personnel who need to be available at all times. You may also have an emergency response team to call on for any intense rescue scenarios. Everyone who works within the confined space and in the area around it must be fully aware of the potential hazards and the rescue plan. In-depth training should be a priority for any business owner. This training can be done by confined space professionals.
Ensuring you have covered all the bases for your confined space will go a long way in ensuring the safety and security of everyone in and around the space.