Enclosed space entry requirements have been set out in The Merchant Shipping (Entry into Dangerous Spaces) Regulations since 1988 and more recently in IMO Resolution A.864 (20) Recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships (adopted on 27 November 1997).
Specifically mariners that are expected to enter into enclosed spaces must have sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them to recognise potential dangerous enclosed spaces aboard a vessel, complete a typical enclosed space entry Permit to Work, carry out the safe testing of an atmosphere prior to enclosed space entry using typical industry test equipment, including knowledge of its maintenance & testing/calibration requirements, carry out a safe enclosed space entry, carry out self rescue from an enclosed space using escape breathing apparatus and carry out a safety attendant role.
Fire Security's facilities in the old Kent Mines Rescue Station are ideally geographically suited for the ports of Dover, Ramsgate and Sheerness and lend themselves perfectly to practical; scenario based training, allowing for both vertical and horizontal entries. A variety of emergency escape breathing apparatus and atmosphere monitoring equipment is available for inspection and discussion throughout this one day course.
The enclosed space entry course is delivered in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Merchant Navy Training Board in 2010.
Assessment for this course is by direct observation and oral questioning.
Course approval: - There are currently no regulatory requirements for approval of enclosed spaces training, and at the time of writing, neither the MCA nor the MNTB provide an approval process. However, Fire Security is accredited by City and Guilds for the delivery of confined space entry training in the shore theatre and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency for basic and advanced fire fighting training.
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