The Confined Space Rescue Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps, main hazards, risks and controls associated with rescue operations in confined spaces. It does not provide detailed instructions for rescue as these differ in each circumstance.
Rescues in a confined space pose additional dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work. Confined spaces often have poor ventilation which allows hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop, especially if the space is small. The hazards aren’t always obvious and they can change over time.
Examples of confined spaces might include vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells and shafts, when these examples meet the definition of a confined space.
Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at.
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats
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Posted by TMP Civil Services on 17th Dec 2012
Knowing the risks is more than half the battle; this SWMS outlines every possibility and gives sound advice on how to deal with all events. Written in 'friendly' language not only is the SWMS necessary to carry out the work but also gives peace of mind to our employees and supervisors.