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Guidelines enclosed space entry and rescue drills

Background.
The amended regulation has been adopted by MSC.350(92) and requires crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities to participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill at least once every two months.
The requirements are to comply Enclosed space entry and rescue drills (SOLAS III/19 etc.) To require that crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities shall participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill to be held on board the ship at least once every two months and must ensure that the shipboard drill programme has been amended to include the new drill in the forthcoming Safety Management implemented from January 1, 2015.

INTRODUCTION
The atmosphere in any enclosed space may be oxygen-deficient or oxygen-enriched and/or contain flammable and/or toxic gases or vapours. Such unsafe atmospheres could also subsequently occur in a space previously found to be safe. Unsafe atmospheres may also be present in spaces adjacent to those spaces where a hazard is known to be present.

DEFINITIONS
– Enclosed space means a space which has any of the following characteristics :

  • Limited openings for entry and exit;
  • Inadequate ventilation;
  • Is not designed for continuous worker occupancy,

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Guidelines enclosed space entry and rescue drills