ENTERING DANGEROUS (ENCLOSED) SPACES- COSWP
15.1 Introduction 15.1.1 An enclosed space is one that: IMO Resolution A.1050(27) S.I. 1988/1638-
- Has limited openings for entry and exit;
- Has inadequate ventilation; and
- Is not designed for continuous worker occupation.
Precautions before entering a dangerous space.
- A competent person should make an assessment of the space and an authorised officer to take charge of the operation should be appointed, see section 15.3.
- The potential hazards should be identified – see section 15.4.
- The space should be prepared, vented and secured for entry – see section 15.5.
- The atmosphere of the space should be tested – see section 15.6.
- A permit to work system should be used – see section 15.7.
- Procedures for preparation and entry should be agreed– see sections 15.8 and 15.9.
- Emergency procedures should be in place.
Entering the Confined Space.
- At least one competent person, with appropriate equipment, should be posted to remain as an attendant at the entrance to the space whilst it is occupied.
- An agreed and tested system of communication should be established:
- between any person entering the space and the attendant at the entrance; and between the attendant at the entrance to the space and the officer on watch.