How to Safely Perform Confined Space Attendant's Duties
This 2 minute safety training video covers: What are the duties of attendants, how to safely monitor entry personnel, when to order an evacuation, importance of knowing the entry permit inside and out and when to contact rescue services.
There's must be a continuous line of communication between the people going into the confined space and the attendants on the outside.This might be accomplished using verbal checks but might also include hand signals, rope tags, or other pre planned methods of communication during the operation. Any entry into a confined space carries with it to a potential injury and even death so it should never be under taken without thorough planning and team coordination. There are four basic groups of players on the entry team. Entrants, Attendants, Entry Supervisors, Rescue Services. Attendants, this are the folks that remain outside the confined space during the entry operations. They communicate with entrants to monitor the status and alert entrants of the need to evacuate the space. They are also responsible for assisting the entrant in exiting the confined space and if an emergency arises, they are the ones who will sum rescue and other emergency services. Perhaps most importantly, it is the job of the attendant to perform a non entry rescue in accordance with the pre-planned rescue procedure if such a need arises. If you're an entrant you don't have want to go in a confined space without a qualified attendant watching your back.