Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 17:53:09 -0400
Reply-To: Chris Marlowe <chrismarlowe**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
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From: Chris Marlowe <chrismarlowe**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: [aihaih-list] Confined Space Rescue
Comments: To: "Gary M. Kehoe" ,
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I won't disagree with anything you wrote, or opine originally. I wanted to
share a reaction when OSHA published its draft PRCS standard (in 1993). 
At that time, one of our crews did a horizontal entry into a large-diameter
brick sewer. OSHA published a position that employers must plan to perform
non-entry rescue for every entry. If one of my crew fell face-down 100 yards
from the opening we would have dragged him on his face across a rough and
contaminated surface. I determined that we would rely on entry rescue for
that space.
Stay healthy,


Chris Marlowe
42 Highlander Dr
Scotch Plains, NJ  07076
908 / 754 - 5160 (home)
732 / 539 - 8128 (cell)



From: aihaih-list**At_Symbol_Here** [mailto:aihaih-list**At_Symbol_Here**] On
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Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 6:58 PM
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Subject: [aihaih-list] Confined Space Rescue

I was having a discussion with a colleague the other day about confined 
space entry and non-entry rescue. My understanding of the OSHA standard 
was that all permit required CS entries (non-IDLH) had to be done with a 
harness and method to initiate non-entry rescue UNLESS the harness and/or 
retrieval system presents a greater hazard. My colleague basically agreed 
except he held a caveat that if the employer chooses not to perform 
non-entry rescues, a harness and retrieval system is not required and 
reliance on an on-site or off-site rescue service is acceptable as long as 
they can fulfill meet the "timely" response requirements. I also vaguely 
recall OSHA specifying the hierarchy of rescue as being 1) self-rescue, 2) 
non-entry rescue, 3) entry rescue although I can't find that written 
anywhere. Anyone know that source?. 

Opinions? Isn't it weird what some people will talk about over lunch? I 
think I scared my intern this summer with IH geeky discussions like this.

Gary M. Kehoe, CIH
Senior Industrial Hygienist
Midwest Generation EMG
312-925-1813 (C)
312-788-5533 (F)

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