Is Your Confined Space Rescue Team Ready to go?

Most confined space entries are completed without an issue. Therefore, your rescue team probably has not been called upon for a while, or may never have been called to make a rescue. The question you need to know is “ARE THEY READY TO GO?” Whether you have an in-plant trained rescue team or rely on an outside agency, such as the local fire department you need to know how well they can do their job when it counts.

Scott Burkart will lead three different Lunch-n-Learn sessions in Eau Claire (Feb 21), Fox Valley (March 21) and Wausau (April 25) where attendees will learn to answer:

  • Is your rescue team or the fire department trained and proficient in the skills needed to perform the rescues from your confined spaces?
  • Have they practiced rescues from your confined spaces or similar confined spaces within the last 12 months?
  • Is your rescue team or fire department equipped with the proper PPE and rescue equipment to safely rescue a victim(s) from all of your confined spaces?
  • Can your team or fire department be activated, respond, and effect a rescue in time? (Depending on the hazards present, you may only have 1 to 4 minutes.)
  • Are your rescue team members certified in first aid and CPR?
  • Do you know what hazards or the potential for hazards, are in your confined spaces?

If you answered no, or “I do not know” to one or more of these questions, then you need to take a good look at your confined space rescue team.OSHA requires an annual review and training.

Join us as we discuss the requirements for a confined space rescue team, rescue equipment, PPE, communication requirements, annual refresher training and response times to ensure a successful rescue.