Do you have people who work in confined spaces? It is well recognized that work involving entering a confined space is considered high risk. This is now reflected by the prescriptive requirements of legislation and Australian Standards covering this type of work:
“A person conducting a business or undertaking must establish first aid and rescue procedures to be followed in an emergency and ensure those procedures are practiced as necessary to ensure that they are efficient and effective. First aid and rescue procedures must be initiated from outside the confined space as soon as practicable in an emergency. The person conducting a business or undertaking must also ensure that openings for entry and exit are of a sufficient size to allow emergency access; openings are not obstructed; and any plant, equipment and personal protective equipment provided for first aid or emergency rescue are maintained in good working order.”
When establishing emergency procedures, the following factors must be taken into account to manage risks associated with confined spaces:
- whether the work can be carried out without the need to enter the confined space
- the nature of the confined space
- any changes in hazards associated with the concentration of oxygen or the concentration of airborne contaminants in the confined space
- the work to be carried out in the confined space, the range of methods by which the work can be carried out and the proposed method of working
- the type of emergency and rescue procedures required” (WHS Regs Tas 2012)
Does your business comply with these requirements?
If something was to go wrong, could you rescue your workers?
We can help.
We are experienced and specialize in assessing hazardous areas and developing specific rescue plans for confined spaces and other hazardous areas.
In addition to developing rescue plans, we can assist with the following:
- Developing systems for safe work
- Assessing and developing rescue plans
- Assessing equipment available for rescue
- Training of personnel who conduct rescues