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buy modafinil next day delivery Q Tell us about MRS Training & Rescue (MRS) – Your history, background and capabilities as a leading provider of fully accredited health and safety training courses.
For over 100 years, MRS Training & Rescue (formerly known as Mines Rescue Service) has developed specialist skills, experience and knowledge, gained from working in difficult and potentially dangerous environments, to effect the rescue and escape of mine workers from underground.
Given the gradual decline of coal mines over years, culminating in the closure of the last large deep coal mine (in December 2015), we have been able to expand and diversify; to meet the needs of today’s health and safety market.
MRS Training & Rescue has secured long term success by leveraging expertise – branching out from underground mining into providing unique rescue services; specialist equipment (some of which has been designed using practical expertise gathered on the job), consultancy and accredited health and safety related products, and training, to a wide range of industries, including nuclear, aerospace, manufacturing and utilities.
Training and assessing customers’ employees to safely enter, work and exit from confined spaces, is offered at all of our seven training centres. It can also be delivered at customers’ premises by using our City & Guilds approved and accredited mobile rigs. We have been involved with industry in developing the National Occupational Standards, and the suite of confined space qualifications awarded by City & Guilds is available at our accredited training centres. We’ve also developed bespoke courses for specific industries, including the water industry.
- All trainers have worked in confined spaces and continue to do so – with real life stories to share to make the theory come alive.
- Provide health and safety consultancy services across the world.
- Specialist providers of long duration breathing apparatus (4 hours). We are the best equipped for the most difficult jobs.
With a long history and background in mines rescue (a mine being the ultimate confined space with no shortage of complex specified risks), we decided to diversify around 20 yearsago and developed a suite of courses to comply with the requirements of the confined space regulations. We were in a growth situation, with “blue chip” companies approaching us for training.
However, this situation changed abruptly – an occupational standard for the water industry had been developed, and CABWI and City and Guilds were awarding a formal quality assured qualification in entering, working in and rescue from confined spaces. Consequently, our customer base dried up almost overnight.
We made a conscious decision to join this system, establishing ourselves as an accredited assessment center through City and Guilds by training our operatives as professional assessors and verifiers. When the opportunity came to develop a National Occupational Standard for confined space, we volunteered, having realised the value of this system and the quality assurance provided by the award bodies.
We have continued to support this system ever since, and are now accredited by City and Guilds, IOSH, NEBOSH, MPQC and others.
http://lesmasphotos.com/baptism-of-noah/noah-baptism-510/?share=pinterest Q What exactly are confined spaces and why are they risky environments?
The regulations define a confined space as:
“any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk;”
A specified risk means a risk of:
- Serious injury to any person at work arising from a fire or explosion.
- The loss of consciousness of any person at work arising from an increase in body temperature.
- The loss of consciousness or asphyxiation of any person at work arising from gas, fume, vapour or the lack of oxygen.
- The drowning of any person at work arising from an increase in the level of liquid.
- The asphyxiation of any person at work arising from a free flowing solid or the inability to reach a respirable environment due to entrapment by a free flowing solid.
No one should enter or work in a confined space unless they are competent to do so, and there are appropriate emergency arrangements in place for the level of risk involved in the task/space. These should include making provision for extracting workers from the confined space and making provision for first-aid equipment (including resuscitation equipment), where the need can be foreseen.
No person at work shall enter or carry out work in a confined space unless suitable and sufficient arrangements have been prepared for the rescue of persons in the event of an emergency.
Working in confined spaces will always have an element of risk, but these can be controlled and made acceptable. The risks and controls need to be understood by all who work in confined spaces.
Sadly, not everyone working in confined spaces has the correct training – according to HSE statistics, there are still around 15 deaths each year in the UK due to confined space accidents. Over 50% of these fatalities are colleagues trying to rescue others. What’s more, 85% could be avoided.
cheap prednisone 20mg Q Are there any examples of locations with confined spaces that might surprise our readers?
Confined spaces come in many shapes and sizes, including: tanks, chambers, drains, sewers, pits, and trenches.
We were asked to conduct an assessment of a ship’s hold. Despite being the size of three football pitches, the hold was deemed a confined space due to its enclosed nature – it was covered while at sea. The ship was transporting coal which was thought to be on fire; the specified risk. The ship was not allowed to dock until there was proof of no fire, and the only access to the hold was a spiral staircase in the corner. This was covered over until the coal was removed. Men and machinery had to enter the hold to ensure all the coal was removed. Incidentally, there was no fire – just a faulty, out of calibration environmental monitor.
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Why you need to understand how to deal with confined spaces
Would you consider the photograph above – a slurry tank – to be an enclosed space, a confined space, or neither?
This is an example of a confined space; one where tragically, three people lost their lives.
The first fatality slipped while cleaning on top of the slurry tank. He fell in and was immediately overcome by an atmosphere high in carbon dioxide and low in oxygen. He fell into sludge at the bottom of the tank, disturbing more noxious gases. The other two fatalities were attempting to rescue their colleague.
Environmental conditions worsened quickly after the sludge at the bottom of the tank was disturbed. As there were no environmental monitors, the people concerned would have had no idea of the hazards in the tank, or of the risks they were taking. In truth, once the two men attempting to rescue their colleague decided to enter the tank, their fate was sealed. There was no chance of survival in that environment.
Compliance with these regulations should have removed the risk of fatalities and injuries to persons who may need to work in confined spaces. However, following the introduction of the Confined Spaces Regulations, the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities did not significantly decrease. This was traced to the quality of training being provided.
- Know your confined space.
- Identify hazards.
- Identify risks.
- Control risks.
- Ensure you have the correct environmental monitoring system.
- Ensure you supply respiratory protection.
- Ensure your rescue arrangements are suitable, sufficient and effective.
- Legislation requires you are competent before you enter a confined space.
- There are National Occupational Standards for safe entry, work and rescue from confined spaces.
Regulation 5 of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 requires ‘suitable and sufficient’ emergency arrangements to be in place for the rescue of any person entering or working within a confined space.
Remember – it is your confined space. It is your problem and you have to provide the solution.
Q What scope of training is offered by MRS Training & Rescue?
We are expert training providers in:
- High risk entry and rescue
- Working in Confined spaces
- Working at height
- First aid
- Fire fighting
- IOSH and NEBOSH
Our comprehensive health and safety training courses can help any individual or organization to develop the knowledge, skills and best practice methods to minimize health and safety risks in the workplace.
We blend classroom learning with practical assessments to address all your health and safety training needs.
We are also a leading First Aid training and assessment provider and are fully approved by the MPQC Award Organization, which in turn is approved by Ofqual.
And our fire courses are suitable for managers and employees alike, to provide a greater appreciation of fire prevention in the workplace.
We are also a leading provider of height safety, access and rescue training and offer a range of courses for people working at height across many industries.
As well as training, we offer high risk confined space rescue cover to clients across many industries. Our expert teams are qualified and competent health and safety experts, all having a rescue operative’s QCF certificate. As well as being able to rescue from confined spaces during an emergency situation, they can offset other costs whilst at your premises by offering:
- Staff and contractor training
- Site safety audits
- Servicing of equipment
Q Can you tell us about SACCS?
In 2017, MRS Training & Rescue launched a new Confined Space Management system called SACCS (Safe Access and Control of Confined Spaces). This combines the latest in handheld technology with MRS’ expertise to produce full analysis of any confined space, detailing all the risks and solutions.
- can distinguish between what is categorised as a confined space and what, in essence, would be deemed an enclosed/restricted space;
- will use a red amber green (RAG) system to identify the Access Point & the Internal Space.
- will rate the confined space as High, Medium or Low risk utilising the RAG system;
- will upload photos and videos taken in real time;
- will suggest minimum manpower requirements in terms of ‘Top Man’, Entrant and Rescue Personnel;
- will identify minimum equipment requirements for the ‘Top Man’, Entrant and Rescue Personnel;
- allows for comments and photos/videos to be made wherever required throughout the process.
- The user will provide a review date based on risk;
- on completion, a report of each confined space is generated as a pdf document.
Q Where are you training centres located?
We have 7 training centres throughout the UK, with tunnels built into the fabric of each building to prepare and train anyone who works in confined spaces (www.mrsl.co.uk/locations).
In addition, we provide mobile confined space training courses throughout the UK. If you require training at your office, factory, site or business location, we can travel to you and provide onsite confined space training.
Q What is your approach to occupational health?
We employ an Occupational Health Screening company whose role involves monitoring our employees while being available for advice and assistance when required.
Our operational employees must have an annual medical and pass an annual fitness test before we allow them to provide rescue cover to our clients.
Employees working at the upper end of our risk assessments (if the foreseeable risks are high, i.e. an emergency in a mine), require a medical examination by a medical practitioner, prior to and following every wearing of breathing apparatus. This not only ensures the safety of our employees, but also protects our operational teams and those we’re providing rescue cover to.
Q How do you maintain the highest standards of behavioural safety with trainers and clients alike?
Our Purpose: To keep people safe
Ambitious – MRS works with its clients and key stakeholders to deliver improvements in safety performance across industry. We will constantly set ourselves challenging goals and move with pace and a shared determination to grow and develop our Company.
People Orientated – People are our greatest asset. It is their skills, expertise and knowledge that set us apart from the competition. Empowering our people, developing our people and caring for our people is fundamental to our success and at the heart of what we do.
Team Approach – Our goals and aims are shared, we work as one team to deliver the same great service across the whole country. We trust each other, we share ideas and are prepared constructively challenge, to ensure that there is mutual support in achieving our personal and organisational goals.
Openness – Our communications with each other and our customers will be honest and clear, we will always endeavor to simply say what we mean. We will act with integrity and ensure that our actions and advice align with our purpose of “keeping people safe.”
Quality – MRS aims to delight customers by delivering quality and value in all the activities we undertake. We will embrace any opportunity to learn and continually improve. We will only undertake assignments we can deliver to our own high standards.
Q How have associations and accreditations helped MRS Training & Rescue?
We are members of several accreditations, groups and associations. All are useful in their own ways for providing improvement opportunities. This can be as simple as a different set of eyes looking at your systems and processes.
Those who audit and inspect, on site or operationally, are particularly valuable to MRS Training & Rescue and our clients. Although they tend to be more expensive, they prove that you do what you say you do.
MRS TRAINING & RESCUE – ASSOCIATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS
- Hellios Joscar
- Achilles UVDB Verify
- ISO 9001 (Quality)
- ISO 14001 (Environmental)
- ISO 18001 (Health and Safety)
Q Does MRS Training & Rescue have any exciting ventures planned?
We have increased our national coverage by opening a new training facility on the Solent, Southampton. This provides enclosed / confined space training to the South Coast area; maritime and broader industrial sectors.
In addition, we’ve invested in six new Emergency Response Vehicles that are identically branded and fitted with blue lights, and three new mobile confined space trailers.
In 2018, MRS Training & Rescue will also continue to develop our working at height offer across all our training centres.
Q And finally, why should HSE International readers choose MRS Training & Rescue to fulfill their health and safety training and rescue requirements?
We not only offer a realistic training experience – each training centre has a network of tunnels built into the fabric of the building – but we also provide high quality confined space training courses are delivered by our expert team, who themselves, are former rescuers.
We’ve been around for 100 years and use our expert knowledge and experience to pass on the best skills and help ensure absolute safety in confined spaces. Our trainers have performed confined space entry and rescue under the most hostile of environments. They continue to do so today – with real life stories to make the training come alive.
We do, however, offer much more than just training – we provide confined space rescue cover with an expert team. Both our emergency rescue and safety cover services are used by companies throughout the UK and the rest of the world.
Speak to MRS Training & Rescue today for all your confined space assessments, rescue cover and training needs.
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