Don’t let your project be confined. 

SMS offers Confined Space Management services to aid clients in ensuring the safety of personnel working in confined spaces.

Confined spaces are particularly dangerous because they are usually not designed as a normal workplace. They often have poor ventilation, which allows hazardous atmospheres to develop in the small space. Some of the risks to personnel from working in confined spaces 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.

That translates to something we all strive for: reduced risk.

  • OUR SERVICES
    • Assistance to work teams managing health and safety risks associated with working within a confined space
    • Compliance with entry permits, JHAs, Atmospheric Monitoring etc.
    • Monitoring and maintenance of accurate records including entry/exit logs
    • 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 eg. safety harnesses, lifting equipment (etc)
    • Provision of specialist personnel to assist confined space owners to implement and monitor specific control measures
    • Assistance with risk assessment, hazard management, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) 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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