A common misunderstanding is that permitted confined space IDLH (immediately dangerous to life and health) hazards are limited to respiratory hazards and therefore only require a confined space permit. The definition of IDHL as defined by OSHA not only includes respiratory hazards but: any condition that poses an immediate or delayed threat to life, would cause irreversible adverse health effects, or would interfere with an individual’s ability to escape unaided from a permit space.
For IDLH hazards it is generally understood that the rescue service should be standing by the space and have the rescue systems pre-rigged in order to provide a near immediate rescue response. This is also consistent with some of the requirements of OSHA’s respiratory standard for IDLH hazards.
Currently, the most comprehensive guidance for safely working in permit-required confined space is the OSHA General Industry Standard, 1910.146. This standard does a very good job of spelling out the employer's responsibilities for providing a rescue capability suitable for the conditions of the permitted confined space.
In a nutshell, OSHA 1910.146 requires an employer to have a confined space rescue service able to respond to
a rescue summons in a timely manner considering the hazards identified. One of the most important aspects of this requirement is "considering the hazards identified."
For this reason, ABC Fire & Safety may make the most sense. We are not only Board Certified in Confined Space Rescue but can also monitor dangerous gases and provide breathing air if needed. We have the manpower, training, equipment, and experience to meet or exceed your confined space entry/rescue requirements until the job is done.
See a chart of the different confined space types below.
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