Confined Space Management

Don’t let your project be confined.

SMS offers Confined Space Management services to assist clients in guaranteeing the protection of staff working in confined spaces.

Confined spaces are particularly dangerous as they are not designed as a normal workplace.  Risks to personnel include loss of consciousness, impairment, injury, or death.

These hazards are not always obvious and may change from one situation to the next. All members of our confined space team are fully trained, qualified, and experienced in all aspects of Confined Space Management. This approach translates to something we all strive for: reduced risk.

  • Benefits of SMS’ Confined Space Services

    1. Cost Effective Confined Space Management:
      SMS will provide cost effective confined space management while simultaneously raising the standard of expertise of all sentries to ensure shutdown times.
    2. Experience, Reputable and Professional Staff:
      SMS has an existing labour pool of skilled and professional confined space management workers who have worked on various projects such as KML and Muja Power Station. Whilst working with our clients through continuous improvement, our teams have maintained a stellar on-site reputation and have been recognised by clients as “a leading driver of safety”.
    3. Qualified Gas Testers and Sentry Workers:
      SMS ensures that our Confined Space Management Team members are trained in both gas testing and sentry work. This gives us confidence when producing high quality rescue plans e.g., whilst at Karara Mine Site.
    4. Zero Major Events Record:
      SMS has zero major events record on all projects we have provided Confined Space Management.
  • Confined Space Management Offerings

    SMS Confined Space Management division offers a range of services including (but not limited to):

    • Assistance to work teams managing health and safety risks associated with working within a confined space.
    • Compliance with entry permits, Job Hazard Analysis (JHAs) and atmospheric monitoring.
    • Monitoring and maintenance of accurate records including entry and exit logos.
    • Monitoring atmospheric conditions.
    • Establishing first aid and rescue procedures in the event of an emergency.
    • Supervision outside the confined space.
    • Assistance with all required rescue equipment e.g., safety harnesses and lifting equipment.
    • Provision of specialist personnel to assist confined space owners to implement and monitor specific control measures.
    • Assistance with risk assessment, hazard management, JHAs and safety audits.
    • Gas testing.
  • Hazards of Working in Confined Space

    • Harmful airborne contaminants
    • Unsafe oxygen levels
    • Fire and explosion
    • Engulfment
    • Uncontrolled introduction of substances
    • Biological hazards
    • Mechanical hazards
    • Electrical hazards
    • Skin contact with hazardous substances
    • Noise
    • Heat extremes and unpredicted weather elements
    • Manual tasks
    • Radiation
    • Environmental hazards
    • Hazards outside the confined space
    • Physiological and psychological demands
  • Confined Space Legislation

    There are very large penalties for failing to comply with all legislative instruments.

    • Regulation 4.2 of the WA Mines Safety & Inspection Act
      • “The manager of and each employer at a mine must ensure that the requirements of AS/NZS 2865 are complied with in relation to work carried out in a confined space.”
    • Part 3, Division 8 of the WA Occupational Safety & Health Regulations, specifically Reg 3.85
      • A person who, at a workplace, is an employer, the main contractor or a self-employed person must ensure that the provisions of AS/NZS 2865 are complied with in relation to work done in a confined space.
    • Regulation 34-38 of the national Work Health and Safety Regulations (NUL)
      • Very specific obligations on a person who has management or control of a confined space to ensure that workers and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking.

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