Most confined spaces within University precincts are controlled by the Director

Most confined spaces within university precincts are

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Most confined spaces within University precincts are controlled by the Director of Estates & Buildings. These include various tanks, ducts, tunnels and boilers. These confined spaces are kept locked and casual attempts at entry are discouraged by 'no entry' signs. Confined spaces outwith the University's precincts - and therefore outwith its direct control - will often be where research or teaching is going on. These are usually under the control of either a third party (e.g. a farmer or landowner etc.), or perhaps a member of academic staff (e.g. an archeological dig or geological site etc.). There should be specific rules which regulate access to these sites. In any case, members of the general of public should not have easy access. A risk assessment, if necessary for a 'first-time' visit to such a site, and the general guidance in the University Code of Practice for Fieldwork or the equivalent CVCP Code of Practice must be followed. Clearly, in any location which is outside the direct control of University personnel, effective communication between the University Management Unit concerned and the owner is vital. For most situations, the risk assessment will demand that a selection of management and technical strategies be adopted. This constitutes the 'safe system of work'. Clearly the strategy for cleaning the interior of a car with a solvent cleaner will be straightforward compared to the precaution necessary when welding inside a storm drain. It is part of the function of the risk assessment to identify specifically which strategies are appropriate and necessary. In summary, any control strategy for entry into or work within a confined space will amount to:- restrict access to the confined space. If access is not justifiable, do the work remotely; reduce the number of people exposed to the risks, and ensure that those who do enter are properly trained and/or supervised; test and monitor for the presence of contaminants in the atmosphere; --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Safety & Environmental Protection Services 8 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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have effective emergency procedures. 'Management' strategies for ensuring safety in confined spaces include:- again, it must be stressed that entry to a confined space must be prevented if the desired outcome can be achieved by another means; hence; the person in charge of the confined space must ensure that no-one who is not authorized can enter the confined space. Thus, entry by members of the general public (or, indeed, any unauthorized person) must be effectively prevented; restrict the number of people at risk; train those who have to enter a confined space. The training has to be consistent with the job in hand, the individual's role and responsibilities. For the novice, a high level of supervision will be necessary to allow them to build up experience and confidence safely; the Permit-to-Work system (see Appendix 2).
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  • Spring '14
  • KevinP.Moenkhaus

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