When discussing confined space or other types of technical rescue, the question of applying OSHA standards to these operations often comes up. This is one of many questions we tackle in our Confined Space Rescue Team Leader classes . Confined Space Rescue Team Leader Training When it comes to the OSHA confined space standard, the rescue section (paragraph K) focuses on the employer's obligation to provide rescue. Appendix F <<https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.146AppF>> lists issues the employer needs to consider to ensure that the rescue capability can actually perform if needed. But the question of how you actually conduct a rescue - how...
April 2, 2019
Developing a confined space rescue capability is relatively easy: purchase equipment, select your team, and provide training. But then comes the real challenge: maintaining this capability. In our experience, organizations that are able to maintain a viable rescue capability share two characteristics: 1) They have buy-in from management, and 2) they have one or more effective team leaders.
D2000 Safety has recently entered into a partnership with the Initial Response Institute to bring effective HAZWOPER training to our clients. The Initial Response Institute (IRI) has been providing this type of training for decades and the company’s founder, David Bargabos, has recently joined D2000 Safety as our Director of Education.
April 2, 2018
A Fall protection harness has saved many lives but like any PPE you need to follow specific practices. Over time those practices will turn into habits. Hopefully you can train and encourage those at your location to add these two simple steps to your harness donning procedure.
Oct 10, 2017
Fall protection equipment manufacturers are innovators. They are constantly developing new types of equipment and upgrading the capabilities of existing equipment. Self-retracting lanyards (SRLs or ‘yo-yos’) provide a great example of this innovation.
Sep 6, 2017
The rules that deal with confined space training are clear. Entrants and attendants may need to know a lot about medical issues.
Jul 19, 2017
A client recently called me with a question. At his facility there was a confined space (a large vault) that they wanted to enter using alternate entry procedures (also known as reclassifying the space). Can you enter a space to test the air to determine if it’s safe to enter using alternate entry procedures? Or do you have to make an initial entry using all protections afforded by the confined space rules?
Apr 12, 2017
When it comes to rigging, the laws of physics reign supreme. Small systems (e.g., a single knot) and large systems (e.g., a back-tied, elevated anchor supporting a horizontal line across a ravine) will only function effectively if they reflect an understanding of basic principles.
Oct 5, 2016
Consider for a moment the issue of fall protection and the confined space attendant overseeing entry operations for workers in a vault or manhole (top down entry). A question I often ask our students is: “Does the confined space attendant need to be tied off?”
Aug 24, 2016
If you are not a rescue expert, the process of moving an injured person from a hazardous location to a place of safety may seem hopelessly complex. And like any other complex process one would assume that various organizations who specialize in technical rescue would issue standards to guide us in training rescue teams. So the question becomes: When you are training rescue teams, what standards apply?
Jun 21, 2016
One of the challenges in administering a confined space safety program is deciding which spaces to include in your inventory. The simple answer is to just include those spaces that meet the definition of a permit space*, but is this a confined space safety best practice? My sense is that it may not be. In fact, I believe that when you’re deciding which spaces to place under the confined space program, you should consider putting aside OSHA’s legal definition of a permit space and instead use a broader measuring stick.
May 4, 2016
Given a topic as potentially complex as confined spaces, we can often enhance our understanding of the safety requirements by looking at other, similar standards. The shipyard employment standard (29 CFR 1915 Subpart B) offers us one such opportunity.
Mar 29, 2016
Anyone who has worked at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project understands how much emphasis the corps places on safety. Fall protection offers a great example. Central to this effort are the specific training and retraining requirements for fall protection users, competent persons, and qualified persons.
Mar 10, 2016
Providing fall protection on flat or low-sloped roofs (defined as roofs with a slope of 0 in 12 to 4 in 12) has always been a hot topic of discussion in our Fall Protection Competent Person classes. And the discussion starts by trying to figure out: How close can a worker get to the edge of a roof before they are exposed to a fall?
Jan 7, 2016
When Oregon re-wrote its confined space rules last year, one issue of interest among those attending the stakeholder’s meeting hosted by OROSHA, was the question of fall hazards and permit spaces. In other words, if you had a pit twenty feet deep and the only hazard was posed by using a fixed ladder to enter this pit, would the fall hazard be serious enough to make the confined space a permit space?
Nov 4, 2015
Few topics elicit as much confusion as the reclassification of permit-required confined spaces, also referred to (more appropriately as using alternate entry procedures). People want to know if we should control hazards or eliminate them?
Oct 7, 2015
Given that each rope is attached to the load and an anchor, at some point someone wondered if you could swap them out and switch between using a belay as a mainline and a mainline as a belay. In other words, could you keep both lines tensioned so that if one failed, the other line would prevent any appreciable freefall and associated shock loads?
Aug 4, 2015
When you are asked the question: Is it worth having a rescue team? Common sense dictates that most employees should be able to respond appropriately to an incipient fire. Alarms and extinguishers have saved countless billions in damages and few would argue against spending money to ensure a safe and effective response in the few moments after a fire has started. Like structural fires, confined space emergencies are the result of a chain of events and if this chain can be broken early, lives can be saved.