Clearly the experience and initiative which can be attributed to such people

Clearly the experience and initiative which can be

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Clearly, the experience and initiative which can be attributed to such people varies tremendously: from the highly experienced professional scientist or tradesman to an inexperienced undergraduate. The relative experience or abilities of those entering a confined space must be taken into account when the venture is being planned It is for this reason that the responsibilities of those in charge of the work have to be stipulated so precisely. The personnel who are to enter a confined space need to be competent for the task at hand. If their job is simply to walk into a cave, stand and observe, then no specific skills are necessary, other than an instruction from the group leader (while outside) to follow orders when in the cave. The specific training appropriate for more complex or risky tasks depends on the outcome of the risk assessment, but ought to include:- what the Regulations say, in particular what their own legal obligations are and especially the need to avoid unnecessary entry to a confined space; the work to be done and the precautions appropriate in each case; the operation of the system of work to be followed, and in particular the operation of any permit-to-work system; --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Safety & Environmental Protection Services 7 Telephone: 0141-330-5532 Email: [email protected] NOTE: PRINTED VERSIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE UNCONTROLLED COPIES AND MAY BE OUT OF DATE. CHECK ONLINE FOR THE CURRENT REVISION.
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how emergencies might arise, what arrangements are in force, and what their duties are in each case. 10. Control Strategies for Ensuring Safety in Confined Spaces Regulation 4 says that if it is possible to carry out a job without recourse to entering a confined space, then this is the way it must be done: going into a confined space without a full consideration of, and protection against, the risks is not permissible. This Regulation goes on to say that if entry is necessary, then this must not be contemplated unless there is a system of work which “renders that work safe and without risks to health”. The first question is therefore whether the desired outcome can be achieved without entry. For example:- Can the confined space itself be modified so that entry is not necessary? Can the work be done from the outside? For example:- o blockages might be cleared by 'rodding' or air purging; o inspection, sampling and cleaning might be done by machines operated externally; o remote cameras might be used for internal inspection. It is only when such alternatives have been considered and rejected as not being 'reasonably practicable', that entry is permissible, under a 'safe system of work'. Risk assessment is the management tool specified in the Regulations for identifying what has to be done to ensure safety - the 'safe system of work'. This section indicates what protective and preventive measures might need to be considered, depending on the nature of the hazards and people at risk.
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