If your mining site has confined spaces, there are specific safety precautions you need to take. The definition of a “Confined Space” can vary from province to province or state to state, but generally, it is a space:
Below is an explanation of each part of the definition.
A confined space is a space that can be large enough to be occupied by a person, but enclosed or partially enclosed such that entering and exiting could be limited.
If the space isn’t large enough for a person to occupy, then confined space regulations may not apply but other occupational health and safety rules would still be applicable.
Workspaces such as offices, arenas, maintenance rooms, control rooms, etc., are obvious places that are designed for humans to occupy for long periods of time (continuously).
Some spaces, such as parts of a tunnelling operation or an underground mine (stopes, drifts, ramps, shafts, raises), are designed and constructed specifically for people to carry out work within them. However, parts of a tunnel or mine could be confined spaces, and tunnels and mines could also include confined spaces within them, such as bins, tanks, clean or dirty water sumps, and water storage dams.
Examples of atmospheric hazards include, one or more of the following:
If your company has confined spaces at your work site, it’s your responsibility to ensure a rescue plan is in place in the event of an incident.
Being able to call 911 in case of an incident is not a suitable on-site rescue procedure. Since confined spaces have limited access and can have atmospheric hazards, companies need to develop an on-site rescue plan than can be ready for immediate action to rescue a worker from a confined space.
The on-site emergency response plan can be created by the company’s safety team, or from a vendor who has specializes in confined space rescues.
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