What are your responsibilities when running a company operating in or with confined spaces? Obviously, learning how to get confined space guidance is a main necessity. Without training your employees accordingly, you risk facing legal problems, as well as a series of unhappy accidents, injuries and even fatalities on site. Even if you believe that there are no confined spaces interfering with your operations, it might be a wise idea to just hire an expert to conduct a detailed evaluation. It is hard to tell how efficient you are without any experience, so opt for professional help.
Keep in mind that taking your employees through a course is not everything. Once the training session is complete, it is your task to conduct a professional and efficient implementation of all the required safety measures to ensure a proper working environment.
A breathing apparatus represents one of the main necessities. Such devices are actually vital if the air in a confined space is not breathable. It makes no difference what the problem is. The confined space might be covered in vapors, fumes or gas. Perhaps the level of oxygen is under the safety standards too, even if there are no harmful gases in there. Try to avoid the most common mistake in this industry – enhancing the air with extra oxygen. Exaggerate with the oxygen and you risk causing a fatal explosion.
Preparing emergency equipments is a top notch responsibility too. Unexpected situations arise when least expected. Even if nothing happened so far, it is just not worth taking such risks. Even if a worker is supposed to spend a minute or five minutes inside a confined space, get ready for the worst. Being prepared is the optimal way to prevent unexpected issues. A lot of people tend to avoid the hassle. They dislike the idea to prepare or spend five to ten minutes before and after every preparation. They do it in the beginning, but they soon realize that unexpected situations are not really so common. They may not, but there is a decent chance to experience such things when you least expect them.
Rescue equipments are not to be ignored either. Most commonly, they imply specific items to pull victims out of the confined spaces, not to mention about sending someone in to pick victims up. In nine out of ten cases, rescue harnesses are perfect. Of course, it depends on the emergency type. Sometimes, you might need more than that. Different confined spaces come with different risks and specific rescue equipments, but the training session should provide all the required information from this point of view.
Remember that a professional communications system might often be needed to enhance the communication between those who are inside the confined environment and those who monitor actions from the outside. Unless you have cameras or other surveillance methods, there is no other way to tell if someone is endangered or injured. Potential victims are supposed to seek help if they detect any dangers, hence the necessity of professional communications.
Last, but not least, never underestimate the importance of a good alarm. But then, you need to become familiar with it and perform a few tests too. Your workers should attend these tests as well. Find out how the alarm is raised and what circumstances can affect it. Does anyone have to monitor it? Is it loud? How fast does it react? What does it actually react to? Normally, a good alarm system must be customized according to the dangers of the confined environment.
With these things in mind, perform the job to the end and do not stick to the training part only.