Confined Space Standby & Rescue Personnel

Confined Space Standby (Sentry)


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Confined space standby and rescue personnel

After a number of years of training people in the safe entry to confined spaces, Zokal trainers are continually amazed at the attitude of companies and work personnel towards the role of the standby man positioned outside of a confined space.

People see a man looking into a vessel or down a well appearing to do no useful work activity for long periods of time. They often refer to the standby man in derogatory terms.

This understanding or attitude comes from a lack of knowledge as to the important role that this person plays and the responsibility that he carries.

The standby man is in fact in charge of the confined space and the areas surrounding the confined space.

A stand-by person must not leave the post for any reason, without another attendant acting as a replacement.

Personnel inside a confined space must never be left unattended

Duties of the Confined Space Standby (Sentry)

Understands the symptoms of exposure to hazards.

Monitors testing equipment and environmental conditions for any changes that may require new control measures or evacuation and rescue.

Keeps a list of exactly who has entered or left the space.

Ensures unauthorised personnel do not enter the space by erecting barricades and signs .

Looks out for the safety of personnel by being in constant communication with them.

Looks out for any change in behaviour of the workers inside the confined space.

Checks that emergency rescue equipment is available and in good working order and appropriate first aid equipment is available for immediate use.

Checks that trained first aid personnel are available to make proper use of any necessary first aid equipment.

Looks out for any change in behaviour of the workers inside the confined space.

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Not only that, in an emergency, the standby person:

Orders an evacuation if necessary and initiates any rescue or emergency procedures.

Must not enter the space, even if the first instinct might be to help an injured co-worker.

Operates rescue equipment outside such as a winch and assists with the rescue operation.

The stand by man must be a responsible, competent person with training and experience able to manage the confined space and the personnel involved.

Zokal Safety Training impress the importance of the standby mans’ role in our confined space courses by theory instruction and practical scenarios to ensure that our students have a thorough understanding of the responsibilities of this position.

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Very comprehensive training, modern facilty with current equipment and realistic scenario training.Shane presented the course with engagement from the whole class. Lunch provided was great. These guys don’t cut corners or skimp on spending where it’s needed.Thanks to the Zokal team!
Having never taken a heights safety course before, found that the highly knowledgeable instructor and excellent facilities for practical exercises gave me a proper understanding of the applicable regulations, and gave me a good idea of the sort of setup that I will need to implement at my job site.
Shane is an awesome trainer, always a good time. I don’t think I wanted to fall asleep once. Good equipment and facility. This is the second time we have trained at zocal and it is one of the better facilities to train at.
Great day. Easy to understand and participate in. Got my harness, lanyard and rope all serviced which was good and provided lunch. Would recommend to others seeking safety equipment or training
Shane was a legend, training was awesome and enjoyed the day. We even found areas where we needed to update our equipment to ensure a safer site.
Cleanliness and hygiene top notch throughout pandemic. All equipment used cleaned after each use and no shared equipment. Top notch training
Great experience and training was adequate to all my needs and safety requirements.The trainer Shane Marsh was exceptional knowledgeable.
As a rescue paramedic looking for further training to keep me safe at work, and increase my knowledge I came to do this course before a ropes access course. Shane was a great trainer. Years of experience and knowledge. Great day in. Lunch was good. Training and practical scenarios were great. Facilities very clean with new gear and equipment. Highly recommend it. I’ll be back for more training.
Great training. Simulated trailer good for training. All equipment used in great condition all new and easy to use. Trainer made all information relevant to training .
Zokal provided a range of training courses at our company this week. The course was well presented, equipment was kept clean and was suitable to meet our training expectations.


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