New Drills RequirementsFrom 1 January 2015, crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities will be required to participate in an appropriate drill to be held on board the ship at least once every two months. Each enclosed space entry and rescue drill must include:
- Checking and use of:
- personal protective equipment required for entry
- communication equipment and procedures
- instruments for measuring the atmosphere in enclosed spaces
- rescue equipment and procedures; and
- Instructions in first aid and resuscitation techniques.
Instruction for all CrewIn addition, all crew members must be instructed on the risks associated with, and procedures for safe entry into, enclosed spaces.
IMO GuidanceThe drills and instruction should take into account the IMO guidance on enclosed space entry – Revised Recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships (Resolution A.1050(27)) – see IMO Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships.
Follow Up ActionsMembers should ensure their company procedures reflect the new IMO requirements. The changes to the IMO requirements were introduced by Resolution MSC.350(92), which also included changes for passenger ship drills (the enclosed space entry requirements are in paragraphs 2, 4, 5 and 6 on pages 2 and 3). However, for ease, the secretariat has also put together a marked up, consolidated text of the revised Regulation 19, as it will stand from 1 January 2015. Members’ attention is also drawn to the new IMCA video Working in confined spaces (IMCA SEL 034).
Originally issued with the following reference(s): IMCA C 06/14, IMCA M 10/14, IMCA SEL 10/14
Information Note Details
Published date: 21 August 2014
Information note ID: 1235
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