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New Legislation calls for “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” Training

Posted: March 5, 2015

New Legislation calls for “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” Training


Confined Space accidents are not a new phenomenon.

With over 5million workers entering confined spaces on a yearly basis worldwide, 259 of those workers die, which equates to 1 death per day. This is one death too many. The thing about entry into enclosed spaces is that for every 1 person who requires rescuing, 2-3 other un-trained rescuers die with them trying to execute a rescue. Training is key to avoiding such accidents.


The American Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) agency found when studying confined space fatalities that:

• 89% of fatalities occurred with jobs authorised by supervisors

• 80% of fatalities happened in locations that had been previously entered by the same person who later died

• Only 7% of the locations had warning signs indicating that they were confined spaces

• 65% of confined space fatalities are due to atmospheric hazards

• 35% of those who died were supervisors


New Legislative Requirements

The amendments to SOLAS Chapter III are detailed in IMO Resolution MSC.350 (92) which requires the following in relation to enclosed space entry and rescue drills:

“3.3 Crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities shall participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill to be held on board the ship at least once every two months.

3.6.2 Each enclosed space entry and rescue drill shall include:

.1 Checking and use of personal protective equipment required for entry;

.2 Checking and use of communication equipment and procedures;

.3 Checking and use of instruments for measuring the atmosphere in enclosed spaces;


.4 Checking and use of rescue equipment and procedures; and

.5 Instructions in first aid and resuscitation techniques.

4.2 Every crew member shall be given instructions which shall include but not necessarily be limited to:

4.2.5 Risks associated with enclosed spaces and on-board procedures for safe entry into such spaces which should take into account, as appropriate, the guidance provided in recommendations developed by the Organisation”.

Members are advised to ensure their Safety Management Systems are updated to reflect this development and to implement such drills.


What does this mean for you & your Organisation?

As legislation changes and people retrain we at NMCI Services recommend delegates to undertake the “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” course. Let NMCI Services help you and your team achieve these new safety standards.


The aim of this course is to give your team training to meet the requirements set out in ‘The Merchant Shipping’ Regulations 1988, IMO Resolution A.864 and the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen (COSWP). The course will meet the new amended requirements laid out in the SOLAS Regulation III/19.


It is proven that training reduces accidents. Don’t let one of your team be a statistic, re-train them today. Entry into enclosed spaces really is a silent killer; having up to date training will help save lives.


Contact us today for further course details on: (021) 4335609


Course Details

  • 1 Day Course
  • 12 Delegates per Course
  • Corporate Discounts Available




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