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OSHA Regulations for Emergency Response Teams Regarding Permit Required Confined Spaces

Title 29 of the Federal Code of Regulation, Section 1910.146 (29 CFR 1910.146) requires employers to establish a Permit Required Confined Space Entry Program, and provide trained rescue personnel when required. There are 14 specific areas that must be included in this program. One element of this program is to develop procedures for providing and summoning authorized rescue and emergency services. (Section K of the standard) Providing properly trained response teams may be accomplished in various ways.

1. On-Site Response Teams

There are numerous training considerations in complying with the rescue requirements of CFR 1910.146. Employees must be trained in the proper use of PPE and rescue equipment. Each rescue team member must be trained as an authorized entrant and should be trained in attendant duties as well. Employers must provide these in-house teams with the necessary training and equipment to perform these rescues.

2. Off-Site Response Teams

Any employer who retains and off-site rescue service must ensure that the designated service has equipment, training, and overall ability to respond in a timely fashion. The employer must also give the outside agency access to confined spaces in his facility in order for this outside service to preplan these confined spaces.

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