Why Is Rope Access Perfect for Confined Space Work?
Working in confined spaces can be a dangerous task and as a result any confined space work must now follow set regulations in order to avoid any potential injuries or death. Rope access provides a way to safely and efficiently access confined spaces which minimise risk to both the worker and the client, and follows these strict regulations
What Defines a Confined Space?
A confined space is a space which is both enclosed and also has a reasonably foreseeable risk to a worker of fire, asphyxiation, explosion or drowning. Confined spaces can be deadly which is why the Confined Space regulations were introduced in 1997 to protect workers and control the industry. The regulations also require workers to follow the necessary precautions needed to rescue a worker in the event on an emergency.
In order to follow the Confined Space regulations you must consider a hierarchy of control before commencing work. The first stage is to avoid entry where possible; in other words if work can be completed from the outside it should be done in this way. If work does require entry workers must follow a safe system of work, including emergency arrangements and use of proper equipment including a Gas Detector and Atmospheric Monitor.
Examples of confined spaces include:
- Access shafts
Why Choose Rope Access for Confined Space Work?
Rope access is a great solution for confined space work as it is quick and provides a single point of contact for the client. Due to the high level of training rope access technicians must complete you can be safe in the knowledge that work will be carried out safely, and any potential risks will be quickly identified.
Inspection & Rope Access Specialists offer a comprehensive service for confined space entry. We are able to provide a number of confined space work services including structural inspection, maintenance, testing and industrial cleaning. For more information about confined space work please contact us, 01592 722 571 firstname.lastname@example.org