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DOE-EM-STD-5503-94
13.13.2.4. Verification of Training
Periodic assessment of the effectiveness of employee training should be conducted by a qualified
person. Training sessions should be repeated as often as necessary to maintain an acceptable
level of personnel competence.
13.14. EMERGENCY RESPONSE
13.14.1. Emergency Response Plan
A plan of action should be written with provisions to conduct a timely rescue for individuals in a
confined space should an emergency arise.
13.14.2. Retrieval Systems or Methods to Facilitate Non-entry Rescue
Retrieval systems should be used whenever an authorized person enters a permit space, unless the
equipment increases the overall risk of entry or the equipment would not contribute to the
rescue of the entrant. Retrieval systems should have a chest or full body harness and a
retrieval line attached at the center of the back near shoulder level or above the head. If
harnesses are not feasible or create a greater hazard, wristlets may be used in lieu of the harness.
The retrieval line should be firmly fastened outside the space so that rescue can begin as soon as
anyone is aware that retrieval is necessary. A mechanical device should be available to retrieve
personnel from vertical confined spaces more than five feet deep.
13.15. REFERENCES
1. 29 CFR 1910.146, Permit-required Confined Spaces.
2. National Safety Council Data Sheet 12304-0704, Confined Space Entry Control System for
Research and Development Operations.
3. American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Z117.1-1989, Safety Requirements for
Confined Spaces.
4. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 87-113, Working With Confined Spaces.
5. ANSI Z 244.1-1982, Lockout/Tagout of Energy Sources.
6. 29 CFR 1910.147, The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout).
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