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Confined Space Rescue: OSHA’s Latest Requirements, Safety Best Practices, and Common Mistakes to Avoid - On-Demand

Confined Space Rescue: OSHA’s Latest Requirements, Safety Best Practices, and Common Mistakes to Avoid - On-Demand

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Confined Space Rescue: OSHA’s Latest Requirements, Safety Best Practices, and Common Mistakes to Avoid - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to ensure that written program, training, and rescue procedures are up to date to protect your employees and achieve full compliance with the OSHA requirements when workers enter permit-required confined spaces.


If your organization allows workers to enter permit-required confined spaces, then you are required by OSHA’s regulations to have a written confined space entry program.

Even with a compliant entry program, however, entries into permit-required confined spaces don’t always go as planned—and if you haven’t properly prepared, things can go horribly wrong. Not only is the entrant at risk, but if your rescue team is not adequately staffed, equipped, or trained, the rescuers will be at an increased risk as well. On average, over half of confined space fatalities each year are sustained by an untrained, unequipped would-be rescuer, and OSHA penalties for the lack of rescue services and compliant procedures can be stiff.

When a worker is stuck in a confined space, there are two options under OSHA’s confined space regulations for an owner or operator of permit-required confined spaces to implement rescue procedures: either have its own employees enter and perform rescue, or arrange to have an emergency service contractor or fire department perform rescue operations. For each choice there are strict training, equipment, and procedural requirements.

Have you established OSHA-compliant rescue and emergency procedures for your workers or met all the OSHA requirements for contracting with an outside rescue and emergency service? Use this on-demand webinar with Loui McCurley, CEO of Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc., for a proven approach for developing and implementing an effective, comprehensive permit-required confined space entry and rescue program. She’ll explain how taking the time now to make the appropriate preparations will eliminate tragic results in the future.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify types of confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces, as well as safe work practices
  • Evaluate existing or potential hazards involved in these spaces
  • Review the specific requirements for permit-required space rescues
  • Assess your current rescue plans to identify potential gaps and strategies for working with outside resources such as the fire department
  • Establish a training program for your rescue team

About Your Presenter

Loui McCurleyLoui McCurley
Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc. (PMI)

Loui McCurley is CEO of PMI and founder of the Vertical Rescue Solutions training arm. Her foray into rescue began in 1985, when she joined Alpine Rescue Team in Colorado; today she serves as a Technical Specialist with Alpine. In 1998 she traveled to scores of countries across the globe to study technical rescue abroad. Upon returning to the United States, McCurley co-founded Alpine Center for Rescue Studies, a non-profit research and testing lab, and became a regular presenter at the International Technical Rescue Symposium. During this time she began consulting to PMI on various projects, eventually coming on board full time in 1992 in a technical capacity. In 1996 she instigated the formation of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians.

Over the years, McCurley has also served as a structural firefighter, a wildland firefighter, a rope access technician, a safety consultant, and an expert witness. Today her primary role is as CEO of PMI, and she is passionately interested in bridging the gap between regulatory compliance and real-world safety practices. A frequent presenter and conferences and symposia, she is a published author with chapters in High Angle Rescue Techniques and Wilderness Medicine, as well as two titles of her own: Working Safely at Height: A Guide To Professional Rope Access (Wiley, 2016) and Falls From Height: A Guide To Rescue Planning (Wiley, 2012).