16 Oct Toolbox Talk – Confined Spaces
Many workers die in ignorance of the dangers of confined spaces. The dead often include ill-prepared rescuers.
This Toolbox Talk Covers: Hazards, before entry, work in confined spaces and emergency procedures.
- Oxygen-depleted or enriched environments.
- Presence of suffocating, toxic, or flammable atmosphere.
- Actual or potentially hostile environment (inside plant).
- Biological hazards, (e.g. Weil’s disease from rat’s urine).
- Confined spaces include cellars, chambers, pits, tanks, manholes, sewers, tunnels, and some excavations.
Before Entering a Confined Space:
- You must be trained before you enter a confined space.
- Don’t enter a confined space until a competent person makes a full assessment.
- Check for flammable or toxic gases and O2
- Ventilate the space if possible.
- If breathing apparatus is required, don’t enter a confined space if you’re not trained. Obey permits to work.
- Check communications and monitoring equipment.
- Ensure a means of rescue and the means of summoning the Emergency Services is in place.
Working in Confined Spaces:
- Ensure emergency facilities and procedures are in place.
- Wear protective equipment and clothing required.
- Only BASEFFA-approved electrical equipment is to be used where flammable gases may be present.
- Don’t eat, drink, smoke or use naked flame or allow exhaust fumes in close proximity to point of entry.
- Wash hands at end of each shift.
- Make sure recovery winch and apparatus is working.
- Locate position of nearest telephone and understand emergency procedure.
- Don’t attempt a rescue without first raising alarm and wearing breathing apparatus.
- The first duty of any rescuer is to ensure their own safety, don’t become a casualty.
- Leave confined space immediately if told to do so.
If you have any questions regarding this ToolBox talk you can Contact Matt Hollister on Matt.Hollister@thomas-interiors.co.uk