Confined Space Management

confined space management

Find out exactly what Confined Space Management is.

Working in a confined space is unfathomable for most people, but working in small spaces on construction, marine and mining sites would unhinge even the most relaxed individual. Aside from the cabin fever, the most dangerous aspects of this particular job are the hazards teams face while inside these poorly ventilated underwater or underground containers, pressure vessels, tanks, shafts, etc.

SMS Sentry Services offers full confined space risk management and has over 100 specially trained Confined Space Sentries and supervisory personnel.

What do our confined space sentries do?

Our confined space entry training ensures our sentries understand the nature of the hazards in various confined spaces. Their duties include:

  • Remaining outside and monitoring the oxygen, atmospheric conditions, dangerous fumes and ventilation.
  • Not undertaking any other task that will interfere with their monitoring the safety of the personnel inside.
  • Managing the safety and risks of teams entering, working in, on or near a confined space, preventing any unauthorised entry at the same time.
  • Before any worker enters a confined space, an SMS Contracting Confined Space Sentry is assigned to continuously monitor the wellbeing of those inside. If practicable, the sentry will observe the work being carried out and initiate appropriate emergency procedures should the need arise.
  • Ensuring all rescue equipment is immediately available. Establishing first aid and rescue procedures in the event of an emergency; and implementing those procedures as and when required.
  • Maintaining accurate records including entry/exit logs, ensuring all members sign on/off and locked on/off in accordance with established procedures. Ensuring that no employee enters a confined space without adhering to all safety requirements and compliances.

Confined spaces and law

National Work Health and Safety Regulations (NUL) have very specific obligations for persons or businesses (including directors) undertaking management or control of a confined space. This ensures all reasonable steps are taken to use all the appropriate resources and processes, thereby eliminating or minimising risks relative to working in confined spaces.

The primary duty under the WHS Act is to ensure that workers or onsite visitors are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking. There are large penalties for failure to comply with any or all legislative instruments.

How to maintain compliance

SMS Contracting will ensure that all Confined Space Management services are certified, licensed and adhere to all Australian legislation. Our fully equipped confined spaces facility is suitable for confined space entry training. Our staff are given premium training to ensure your onsite staff, who put their lives on the line, are given maximum protection.

Confined Space Management helps clients secure the safety of personnel in small structures, and ensures that companies comply with legislative frameworks and Australian Standards for the duration of a project. Without the right management, companies open themselves up to lawsuits due to inadequate safety and avoidable onsite injuries and fatalities.

What are the risks?

Our aim is to manage all foreseeable hazards and risks. These may include;

  • Harmful airborne contaminants
  • Unsafe oxygen levels
  • Fire and explosion
  • Engulfment
  • Uncontrolled introduction of substances
  • Biological, mechanical or electrical hazards
  • Skin contact with hazardous substances
  • Noise
  • Radiation
  • Environmental hazards
  • Hazards outside the confined space
  • Physiological and psychological demands

What are the dangers?

Not designed as a normal workplace, confined spaces have poor ventilation, allowing hazardous atmospheres to develop. Testing atmospheres and the air in a confined space is just one of many aspects that require close monitoring of the teams. Even then, the hazards are not always obvious, which is why it is completely essential to closely monitor everything to foresee and prevent the following:

  • Loss of consciousness, impairment, injury or death due to the immediate effects of airborne contaminants.
  • Fire or explosion from the ignition of flammable contaminants.
  • Difficulty rescuing and treating an injured or unconscious person.
  • Asphyxiation resulting from oxygen deficiency or immersion in a free-flowing material, such as grain, sand, fertiliser, water or other liquids.

How do you manage the risks?

Confined Space Sentry rescue training of personnel help site owners manage the risks. By implementing safety measures including communication monitoring, signage, isolation services, and controls, they can safely monitor and maintain safe atmospheres within confined spaces.

Contact SMS Contracting for safe and secure Confined Space Management assistance.