Confined Spaces Model Plans & Additional Resources

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Model Confined Space Rescue Plan #1

Source: Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Emergency Rescue Plan

1. General Procedures

• Entrants must immediately leave the confined space in the event the gas monitoring alarm or

ventilation fan alarm sounds.

• Entrants must immediately leave the confined space if they begin to feel or notice adverse health effects.

• The attendant will order the evacuation of entrants from the confined space he/she notices

changes in the condition of the space or uncharacteristic behaviour of an entrant.

• The attendant will not enter the confined space unless authorized to do so and relieved by

another qualified attendant.

2. Vertical and Horizontal Non-Entry Rescue

• Review the rescue protocol outlined in the space specific hazard assessment.

• Inspect and set-up all needed rescue equipment.

• Review evacuation alarm with entrants/ attendants and check mode of communications.

• Complete CSE permit.

• Hook entrant to the retrieval device.

• In the event the entrant requires assistance exiting the space:

o Communicate with the entrant and identify the nature and cause of the injury.

o Extract the individual from the space using the mechanical advantage lifting device.

o Contact [insert name and/or number] to summon medical assistance or

emergency medical services to the site if required.

o Complete primary and secondary assessment on injured individual and provide

assistance and first aid as may be required.

3. Vertical and Horizontal Entry Rescue

• Review the rescue protocol outlined in the space specific hazard assessment.

• Inspect and set-up all needed rescue equipment. Stage all rescue technicians equipment at the

point of entry.

• Review evacuation alarm with entrants/ attendants and check mode of communications.

• Complete CSE permit.

• In the event the entrant requires assistance exiting the space:

o Communicate with the entrant and identify the nature and cause of the injury.

o Contact [insert name and/or number] to summon medical assistance or

emergency medical services to the site if required.

o Rescue technician(s) enter the space with proper PPE.

o Package individual in specialized extraction equipment.

o Extract the individual from the space using the mechanical advantage lifting device with internal assistance.

o Complete primary and secondary assessment on injured individual and provide

assistance and first aid as may be required.

Model Confined Space Rescue Plan #2

Source: University of Ontario, Guelph

Note: File is only available as .PDF

Additional Resources

Some jurisdictions publish guides on confined spaces that can help you develop an emergency response plan. Here are links to some of them:

Fed: Confined Spaces—No Easy Way Out

AB: Guideline for Developing a Code of Practice for Confined Space Entry

BC: Confined Space Entry Program: a Reference Manual

NS: Confined Space Entry

ON: Confined Spaces Guideline