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188.8.131.52 ENTRY INTO ENCLOSED SPACESFor further details please refer to
Special care must be taken when entering enclosed spaces as lack of oxygen or the presence of toxic fumes may have fatal consequences for the persons entering. Every year seafarers fail to follow the correct procedures for entry into enclosed spaces and, as a consequence, a considerable number of deaths occur – all of which were avoidable. These tragic losses can be prevented if the crew or independent contractors carrying out such work strictly follow set procedures.Entry into enclosed spaces should be subject to a permit-to-work procedure. Prior to entering any enclosed spaces, including cargo holds, even for a short period of time or a superficial inspection, the following guidelines should be followed as a minimum requirement
When conditions for entry have changed, especially where work has been interrupted for a period of time, the work permit previously issued is no longer valid and a new permit must be issued. The new permit must include the proper testing as described above.
Entry should only be allowed if all safety precautions have been taken. Authorisation to enter should only be given after the responsible ship’s officer is satisfied that all precautions have been taken and are in accordance with the Company’s procedures.
If someone does get into difficulty within an enclosed space, rescuers must not rush to their aid without first donning breathing apparatus.