SACCS – Safe Access & Control of Confined Spaces
buy Lyrica 150 mg For a long time, there have been the problems for employers and managers attempting to identify confined spaces in the workplace. Although the Confined Space Regulations have been with us for 20 years now, confusion still remains as to what exactly is deemed a confined space.
buy provigil online south africa What is a Confined Space?
Firstly, a confined space is not necessarily somewhere that you’d have to “squeeze” into and then crawl about on your hands and knees whilst inside. The key here is that the area would be enclosed and that it would be reasonably foreseeable that it would or could contain a ‘specified risk’.
http://osteriapulcinella.co.uk/menu_item/fernet/ What is a Specified Risk?
- Injury caused by fire or explosion.
- Loss of consciousness caused by an increase in body temperature.
- Loss of consciousness or asphyxiation caused by gas, fume, vapour or lack of oxygen.
- Drowning from an increase in the level of liquid.
- Asphyxiation caused by a free flowing solid or the inability to reach safety due to entrapment by a free flowing solid.
Therefore, if you have an enclosed space with a specified risk, you must meet the requirements of the Confined Space Regulations 1997. It should be noted that the specified risk may not be indigenous; it may be imported by the nature of the work, i.e. cutting, welding, grinding and spray painting to name a few.
A regulatory requirement to manage confined spaces is to initially identify the enclosed/confined areas for which they are responsible. Having an understanding of the Confined Space Regulations is essential for managers when identifying and understanding the differences between an enclosed area and confined spaces; knowing the elements that turn an enclosed area into a confined space is fundamental to managing the hazards and risks that are associated with working within these areas.
Developing a plan with the categorised confined space risks can help prioritise where resources are required, not only for conducting a specific task within the space, but would include entry requirements such as equipment, manpower and what detailed emergency arrangements would be required to extract someone who had become incapacitated.
With the introduction of a fantastic new confined space management App called SACCS – Safe Access & Control of Confined Spaces, an employer can have a survey conducted which will identify and highlight whether the area is categorised, as per the regulations as a confined space. The App will catalogue each space individually providing a categorisation of High, Medium or Low Risk confined spaces. At each point throughout the App, there is the opportunity to add media such as photos and videos and comments can be added; this allows for up-to-date information to be available for interested parties to view.
It will provide detailed information based on the actual entry point(s) and the internal space itself classifying these areas using a traffic light system; Red – high risk, Amber – medium risk & Green – low risk helping Managers prioritise when implementing control measures.
If not deemed to be a confined space, the App will identify if the area being surveyed is classified as an enclosed or restricted space. It suggests minimum manpower, equipment and training requirements in terms of entry, rescue and sentry personnel.
Upon completion of the survey, a PDF report of each space identified is available for downloading and can be provided on an external USB drive; this is particularly helpful if video’s have been produced.
The employer can have access to the Admin Panel should they so wish, which allows:
- instant access to all of its sites
- instant access to all of its spaces at those sites
- filters can be added to identify specific items i.e. boilers at all sites
- new sites can be added as well as new spaces
- redundant sites and spaces can also be removed
- Reminders are given when the whole survey or a specific space is due a review
- All information is stored securely as per the Data Protection Act
Billy Gundry Grad IOSH MCMI
MRS Training & Rescue – Yorkshire
ABOUT MRS TRAINING & RESCUE
MRS Training & Rescue – the new name for Mines Rescue Service offer first class practical training in state of the art confined space facilities to prepare and train anyone who works in confined spaces, with re-assessment courses also available if required. In addition, the company has launched a new Confined Space Management system called SACCS (Safe Access and Control of Confined Spaces) to provide a computerised database management system which identifies, records and stores all information on confined spaces.
See more at www.mrsl.co.uk
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