Facilities

CONFINED SPACE

4. PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES & TRAINING

Everyone involved in a confined-space entry project has certain responsibilities and requires a certain amount of training. It is very important that every individual is familiar with their responsibilities. This section outlines the responsibilities and training requirements of each individual involved in a project.

  1. Superintendent or their Designee
  2. Supervisors or Their Designated Representatives
  3. Entry Supervisors
  4. Authorized Entrants
  5. Attendants
Responsibilities of the Superintendent or their Designee

The Superintendent or their Designee shall be responsible for the following:

Reviewing and updating of the Confined Space Entry Program to conform with current CFR standards.

Ensuring compliance with standards set forth in the program by periodic inspection of entry sites and canceling permits where unsafe conditions are present.

Assisting Supervisors with:

  1. providing training as set forth in the program,
  2. identification of confined spaces,
  3. identifying spaces that require a permit for entry,
  4. labelling Permit-Required Confined Spaces.

Performing a single annual review covering all entries performed during a 12-month period to ensure employees participating in entry operations are protected from permit space hazards.

Responsibilities and Training Requirements of Supervisors or Their Designated Representatives

Supervisors or their designated representatives shall be responsible for the following:

Identifying confined spaces within facilities or areas under their control.

Identifying hazards within a confined space under their control.

Documenting that all training requirements for a specific confined space entry have been met by signing the pre- entry authorization space on the entry permit.

Responsibilities and Training Requirements of Entry Supervisors

Entry Supervisors shall be responsible for the following:

Ensuring that the required atmospheric tests are performed at the confined space and results recorded on the permit prior to entry authorization.

Obtaining and maintaining all equipment necessary to complete the confined-space entry project.

Authorizing entry by signing the Entry Authorization space on the entry permit after all conditions for a safe entry have been met.

Terminating the entry and canceling the permit when:

  1. Entry operations covered by the entry permit have been completed.
  2. A condition that is not allowed under the entry permit arises in or near the permit space.

Determining, whenever responsibility for a permit space entry operation is transferred, and at intervals dictated by the hazards and operations performed within the space, that entry operations remain consistent with terms of the entry permit and that acceptable entry conditions are maintained.
Responsibilities and Training Requirements of Authorized Entrants

The person(s) authorized to enter a confined space shall be responsible for and receive training in the following:

The knowledge of hazards that may be faced during entry, including the mode, signs or symptoms, and consequences of the exposure.

Proper use of equipment, which includes:

  1. Atmospheric testing and monitoring equipment.
  2. Ventilating equipment needed to obtain acceptable entry conditions.
  3. Communication equipment necessary to maintain contact with the standby person.
  4. Personal protective equipment as needed.
  5. Lighting equipment as needed.
  6. Barriers and shields as needed.
  7. Equipment, such as ladders, needed for safe ingress and egress.
  8. Rescue and emergency equipment as needed.
  9. Any other equipment necessary for safe entry into and rescue from permit spaces.

Communication with the attendant as necessary to enable the attendant to monitor entrant status and to enable the attendant to alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space if required.

Alert the attendant (standby person) whenever:

  1. The entrant recognizes any warning sign or symptom of exposure to a dangerous situation, or
  2. The entrant detects a prohibited condition.

Exiting the permit space as quickly as possible whenever:

  1. An order to evacuate has been given by the attendant or the entry supervisor;
  2. The entrant recognizes any warning sign or symptom of exposure to a dangerous situation;
  3. The entrant detects a prohibited condition; or
  4. An evacuation alarm is activated.

Responsibilities and Training Requirements of Attendants

Persons authorized to perform duties as attendant shall be responsible for and receive training in the following:

Knowing the hazards that may be faced during entry, including information on the mode, signs or symptoms, and consequences of exposure.

Is aware of possible behavioral effects of hazard exposure in authorized entrants.

Continuously maintaining an accurate count of authorized entrants in the permit space and ensures that the means used to identify authorized entrants accurately identifies who is in the permit space.

Remains outside the permit space during entry operations until relieved by another attendant.

Attempting non-entry rescue if proper equipment is in place and the rescue attempt will not present further hazards to the entrant or attendant.

Communicating with authorized entrants as necessary to monitor entrant status and to alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space when conditions warrant.

Monitoring activities inside and outside the space to determine if it is safe for entrants to remain in the space and ordering the authorized entrants to evacuate the permit space immediately under any of the following conditions:

  1. If the attendant detects a prohibited condition.
  2. If the attendant detects the behavioral effects of hazard exposure in an authorized entrant.
  3. If the attendant detects a situation outside the space that could endanger the authorized entrants.
  4. If the attendant cannot effectively and safely perform all the duties required by this program.

Summoning rescue and other emergency services as soon as the attendant determines that authorized entrants may need assistance to escape from permit space hazards.

Taking the following actions when unauthorized persons approach or enter a permit space while entry is underway:

  1. Warn the unauthorized persons that they must stay away from the permit space.
  2. Advise the unauthorized persons that they must exit immediately if they have entered the permit space.
  3. Inform the authorized entrants and the entry supervisor if unauthorized persons have entered the permit space.

Performs no duties that might interfere with the attendant's primary duty to monitor and protect the authorized entrants.

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