In an emergency rescue scenario, what defines a confined space?

This short article is addressed to everyone in every scenario imaginable. All people are responsible, so this article is not just for those who are appointed to positions of responsibility, as in the case of supervisors, factory managers and office executives. In an emergency situation which can occur in any workspace, the office environment, on the factory floor, in a supermarket, someone out there, within the closest proximity to the situation needs to take immediate action.

Even if a customer’s injury may appear mild (on the surface) every situation should be treated as a life and death scenario. To answer the significant question that this article begs, a confined space can be in any of the environments mentioned above. Just to emphasize, a confined space can be found on the office floor, the supermarket floor and the factory floor. There are, of course, many other scenarios, including those that may occur within the custody of the hospitality services industry and in recreational public spaces where large numbers of people, including children, are likely to gather.

Confined space rescue training, while it may not be legally mandated in all circumstances, is essential for all people who will be in close contact with others. This will even include the domestic environment. Of course, in positions of leadership already, the onus remains with the head of the household, the supermarket manager, the factory supervisor and the office manager to take forthright action by enrolling his or her staff in emergency rescue training courses.

Perfect timing always being crucial when waiting for ERS to arrive, for instance, do take the attitude that every scenario is potentially a life and death case and you could end up saving a life.