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Control measure
Limit working time

Control measure knowledge

Working in a confined space can be exhausting and is compounded by operating in high temperatures and in enclosed or restricted spaces that are commonly found in confined spaces. Extended travel times and/or possible arduous routes to the incident scene may also substantially reduce working time.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that confined space supervisors are deployed to any incident involving confined spaces

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Enforce appropriate restrictions on the time crews can be committed to working in a confined space