Confined Space Rescue
Preparation. Planning. Training.
Our confined space rescue teams undertake extensive technical rescue training to meet both the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard and the Washington Administrative Code for confined space rescue. These standards ensure that our rescue team is trained and competent in all aspects of safety, first aid, rescue, hazard assessment, and emergency response. They maintain training and certification in the following:
- Confined Space Entrant/Attendant
- High Angle Rescue
- Low Angle Rescue
- CPR & First Aid
- Technical Rope
- Patient Packaging
- 40 hr HAZWOPER
- 80 hr HazMat (for Washington)
The confined space rescue standards as per OSHA (29 CFR 1926.1211) and the Washington Administrative Code (296-809-50014) are written as such that merely relying on dialing 911 as a confined space emergency rescue plan is often times impractical and/or impossible to achieve in accordance with the standard which states, a trained confined space rescue team is required to be able to respond in a timely manner. In an interpretation letter previously published by OSHA, the agency established 3-4 minutes as an appropriate response time for emergency responders. Many Fire Departments are not qualified, staffed, and/or no longer provide this confined space rescue service in the required amount of time.
Examples of confined spaces:
- Petroleum Tanks
- Chemical Tanks
- Mixing Tanks
- Horizontal & Vertical Vessels
- Storage Silos
- Tanks & Vessels at Pulp & Paper Mills
CCS can provide confined space rescue services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Depending on both atmospheric conditions and the work to be performed within the confined space, our confined space rescue team will consist of a minimum of three rescue-trained personnel. A site-specific, written rescue pre-plan will be completed and based on the following:
- Site Assessment & Potential Hazards
- Rescue Equipment Needed
- Additional Equipment Needed
- Rescue Personnel Needed
- Atmospheric Conditions
- Method of Rescue
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Commitment to Safety
Pacific Northern Environmental is committed to the safety and health of its employees, customers, and the environment we work in. Each of our managers and employees is trained in site-specific and job hazard safety practices upon hiring and annually thereafter. We also adhere to all safety protocols set by the clients we serve. On-site safety performance is tracked continuously by job site audits by our full-time safety professionals. Our Experience Modification Rating (EMR) and OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) are well below industry average. For more information about our commitment to safety, visit our safety page.