With an increasing number of Confined Space course providers in the market place, as well as more and more companies stipulating their own specification of confined space training, there can be confusion around how courses interlink.
Breathing Air Compressors provide an excellent form of long duration breathing air supply. These units compress, clean and dry the surrounding air and feed it to the Breathing Air users, rather than regulating a high pressure cylinder bank to a pressure suitable for Breathing Apparatus as an Breathing Air Trailer does.
It is vital that safety equipment of any kind is correctly maintained to ensure that when it is required, it functions in the right manner. To ensure it is in perfect working order every time, legislations and manufacturer recommendations are combined to give a schedule of how and when equipment should be serviced. However, for many companies with an increasing amount of equipment to maintain it can become a peripheral maintenance duty that does not take the same priority as the day to day business functions.
The RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) for any job/task must be ‘suitable’ for the purpose it is used. This means that the equipment should provide effective protection to the wearer for the defined operation and in the specific environment. The RPE must be CE marked or HSE approved*.
There are many considerations when looking at the option to hire or buy safety equipment for different projects. We have outlined some of the pros and cons of each option.