One of the most misunderstood portions of the OSHA confined space standard for general industry is the rescue requirement. Many employers don’t manage their confined space entry risks because they fail to adequately assess the hazards and recognize the need for rescue services.
James Lange, a confined space instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, talked during a highly informative session about the rescue requirements of the OSHA Confined Space Standard for general industry workplaces and how to implement them. He also discussed the various options for providing confined space rescue services, and common limitations of municipal fire departments. The presentation, Understanding the Rescue Requirements of the OSHA Confined Space Standard, was delivered at a technical session during the National Safety Council Congress and Expo held last week in Anaheim, CA.