Unsure of whether you need a confined space rescue team?
Having a confined space rescue team present at every confined space entry is not a legal requirement.
However, it is a requirement to have suitable and sufficient emergency arrangements in place and this may include the provision of an on-site rescue team.
“no person at work shall enter or carry out work in a confined space unless there have been prepared in respect of that confined space suitable and sufficient arrangements for the rescue of persons in the event of an emergency”
The dangers of confined space working should not be underestimated – this is highlighted in the Emergency Arrangements requirements of the Confined Spaces Regulations.
Whether you are an outage coordinator, utilities manager or contractor working in confined space environments, you will know the risks associated with this type of work and the need to have a robust risk assessment process with suitable control measures in place to safeguard the workforce, remain compliant with current legislation and show a commitment to health and safety practices.
Confined space working and indeed the need for dedicated on-site safety and rescue provision can be difficult to understand and often falls at the furthest points of the proverbial pendulum swing! Often being either not enough qualified and experienced personnel with little or no equipment through to overcompensation due to poor third party advice.
The key is to engage with all key players at an early stage and look at the real associated risks. Looking at whether the space is substantially (though not always entirely enclosed) and there are one or more specified risks, or that they are “reasonably foreseeable”.
The risks may include issues such as Gases, Fluids, Heat, Chemicals, Fire and explosion, free flowing solids, oxygen deficiency and many others. A large proportion of deaths occurring in confined spaces are attributed to persons attempting to rescue someone else. This is predominatly because of poorly prepared rescue arrangements.
When considering emergency arrangements, and if the need for dedicated on-site safety and rescue is necessary, you will need to consider such things as physical environment, difficult access and egress and indeed difficult rescue. What about Contractor welfare? Fitness assessment? Medical on-site screening? Hydration and medical conditions?
Our Confined Space Safety and Technical Rescue Service will provide you with peace of mind that your employees and contractors will work in the safest environment when making a confined space entry, and should an emergency situation arise, Rescue 2 will be there to manage and execute the emergency and rescue arrangements.