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Enclosed spaces- where to find information

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Enclosed, Confined and Dangerous Spaces

A quick diversion away from certification this post to pass on some useful links for information related to entry into enclosed spaces.

This very important safety topic is confused by the variation in names adopted to describe such spaced. I have therefore included the name used in each reference with the appropriate definition.

Resolution A.1050(27) REVISED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENTERING ENCLOSED SPACES ABOARD SHIPS

“2.1 Enclosed space means a space which has any of the following characteristics: .

1 limited openings for entry and exit;

.2 inadequate ventilation; and

.3 is not designed for continuous worker occupancy,

and includes, but is not limited to, cargo spaces, double bottoms, fuel tanks, ballast tanks, cargo pump-rooms, cargo compressor rooms, cofferdams, chain lockers, void spaces, duct keels, inter-barrier spaces, boilers, engine crankcases, engine scavenge air receivers, sewage tanks, and adjacent connected spaces. This list is not exhaustive and a list should be produced on a ship-by-ship basis to identify enclosed spaces.”

UK COSWOP chapter 15COSWOP

“15.1.1 An enclosed space is one that:has limited openings for entry and exit; has inadequate ventilation; and  is not designed for continuous worker occupation.”

UK SI 1988 No. 1638 – The Merchant Shipping (Entry into Dangerous Spaces) Regulations

“dangerous space” means any enclosed or confined space in which it is foreseeable that the atmosphere may at some stage contain toxic or flammable gases or vapours, or be deficient in oxygen, to the extent that it may endanger the life or health of any person entering that space;

UK shore based guidelines and regulations

UK HSE confined space webpageHSE

“A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby (e.g. lack of oxygen).”

UK confined space regulations 1997Approved code practice

UK approved code of practice


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COSWOP 2015- The contents

The 2015 UK Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seafarers is here (COSWOP); it is a new shiny edition, witimg_20160303_0950130_rewind.jpgh a new layout and new contents. This post contains gives an overview of its contents of the  Code as a handy guide to where to look for safety information.

This  new code of safe working practices is  published by the UK Maritime and coastguard agency   is in a completely new format from the 2010 edition.  The biggest change is the expansion of  the topic o safety culture to include leadership and ‘just culture’.


CONTENTS

About this Code

Chapter 1 MANAGING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

Chapter 2 SAFETY INDUCTION

Chapter 3 LIVING ON BOARD

Chapter 5 FIRE PRECAUTIONS

Chapter 6 SECURITY ON BOARD

Chapter 7 HEALTH SURVEILLANCE

Chapter 8 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Chapter 9 SAFETY SIGNS AND THEIR USE

Chapter 10 MANUAL HANDLING

Chapter 11 SAFE MOVEMENT ON BOARD SHIP

Chapter 12 NOISE, VIBRATION AND OTHER PHYSICAL AGENTS

Chapter 13 SAFETY OFFICIALS

Chapter 14 PERMIT TO WORK SYSTEMS

Chapter 15 ENTERING DANGEROUS (ENCLOSED) SPACES

Chapter 16 HATCH COVERS AND ACCESS LIDS

Chapter 17 WORK AT HEIGHT

Chapter 18 PROVISION, CARE AND USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT

Chapter 21 HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND MIXTURES

Chapter 22 BOARDING ARRANGEMENTS

Chapter 23 FOOD PREPARATION AND HANDLING IN THE CATERING

Chapter 24 HOT WORK

Chapter 25 PAINTING

Chapter 26 ANCHORING, MOORING AND TOWING OPERATIONS

Chapter 27 ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF FERRIES

Chapter 28 DRY CARGO

Chapter 29 TANKERS AND OTHER SHIPS CARRYING BULK LIQUID CARGOES

Chapter 30 PORT TOWAGE INDUSTRY

Chapter 31 SHIPS SERVING OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INSTALLATIONS

Chapter 32 SHIPS SERVING OFFSHORE RENEWABLES – to follow in 2016

Chapter 33 ERGONOMICS

 

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