This confined space hazard awareness program is provided to inform maritime vessel personnel that caution must be FOREMOST with regard to confined space entry. Confined spaces must never be entered unless company standard operating procedures permit. If allowed, entry should only be conducted when required, after confined space testing has been properly completed, and all entrants and support personnel are sufficiently trained on safe entries and emergency procedures.
Victims of asphyxiation in confined spaces, deficient in oxygen, will normally receive no warning that anything is wrong, or have the ability to quickly escape. A zero tolerance policy for unplanned and unprepared entry into any hazardous enclosed or confined space requires rigorous controls and training for all personnel on board and ashore.
This updated confined space hazard awareness program was created to give maritime vessel personnel the information they need to understand the elements that determine what a confined space is, recognize the hazards found in maritime enclosed and confined spaces, and apply their knowledge of oxygen deficiency and toxic atmospheres to confined space hazard mitigation practices.
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