Confined spaces on board a cargo ship
Boiler, pressure vessel, cargo, ballast, fuel oil, or lube oil tank, cargo hold, void spaces, or similar type enclosures are the most commonly found confined spaces on board a cargo vessel. These area got limited openings for entry and exit, lack of natural ventilation and not designed for continuous worker occupancy
Required Personal protective equipment (PPE) for working in a confined space
PPE is traditionally regarded as the last line of protection with the emphasis being place on avoidance and appropriate managerial control methods. However, the potentially hazardous nature and isolated position of those entering a confined space means that, for the surveyor, PPE may be the first line of protection. Each confined space will present different hazards and degrees of risk to health and safety, the final provision of PPE should therefore be based on an assessment of risk. As a general rule the following guidance is offered.
Basic surveyor PPE should include:
i) Body protection (hard wearing overalls with suitable pockets for notebook etc).
ii) Foot protection (steel toecaps (200 joules), steel midsoles, good grip, oil resistant).
iii) Head protection (hard hat with chinstraps)
iv) Hand protection (hard wearing gloves).
v) Eye protection (protective glasses, goggles).
vi) Ear protection (ear defenders or ear plugs worn subject to communication system).
vii) Lighting (hand held torch with lanyard and appropriate beam width).
viii) Safety harness
A safety harness is meant to be worn correctly so that it can fulfil its design requirements, which is to provide security against falling and allowing the wearer to use both hands to complete tasks, especially when working aloft. By not using a harness one increases the risk of falling and, in doing so, causing possible injury to others as well. A '5 point' safety harness fitted with a 'fall arrest' device should always be used. Fall arresters act as shock absorbers and slow the fall gradually over short distances. The harness webbing and lanyard should be inspected regularly for cuts, abrasions or damage to stitching. Our detail pages illustrated many safety aspects of Bulk carrier
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