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Confined Space Entry Procedure

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For every (Ten-10) accident that occurs during a confined space entry, one of those accidents results in someone severe death/fatality.  Confined spaces could produce various hazards and that is why specific procedures must be developed and followed for every entry. This confined space entry procedural Toolbox Talk is developed to review these procedures for employees who have already been trained in confined space entry. Only employees that have completed (Organizational/Company’s) EHS Confined Space training may participate in a confined space entry.

  1. Obtain a copy of the Entry Permit (EP) and Hazard Assessment (HA) and review the hazards associated with space.
  2. Ensure that the essential and appropriate PPE, Rescue Retrieval Equipment and Communications (RREC).
  3. Equipment is available and in good working condition.
  4. Lockout/Tagout any hazardous energy that the entrant could be exposed to conduct continuous air monitoring utilizing a multi-gas air monitor.
  5. Space under work activity must be labelled with a confined space signage such as “DANGER” sign.
  6. Review the confined space safety signages such as “DANGER” sign and sure the information corresponds with the information on the hazard assessment.
  7. Notify the Operations Center-OP’s (include names and the confined space ID number) and wait until authorization to begin the entry.
  8. When the entry is accomplished notify the Operations Center (OP’s).
  9. Return the permit to your supervisor/or concerned official. 
  10. Retain permit for 3-years to comply the legal requirements.

The entrant and attendant both have specific and mandatory responsibilities and or accountability during a confined space entry process. 

These include:

A. Attendant

  1. Understand signs and symptoms of exposure that the entrant may exhibit
  2. Always remain outside the space being as attendant during entry operations – Do not leave the space unattended because any time may occur any unwanted incident.
  3. Monitor atmospheric conditions
  4. Maintain communications with the entrant
  5. Do not perform any work activities while attending an entry
  6. Perform non-entry rescue and initiate emergency rescue by notifying Operations Centre

B. Entrant

  1. Understand potential entry hazards and be aware of signs and symptoms of exposure,
  2. Wear PPE as specified on the permit or the confined space hazard assessment,
  3. Maintain communications with the attendant,
  4. Evacuate space immediately upon notification by Entry Attendant,
  5. Alert the attendant and exit the space immediately whenever there is a warning sign or symptom of exposure.

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