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Control measure

Implement decompression procedures

Control measure knowledge

To comply with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation, the contractor in charge of the pressurised working operations is responsible for ensuring that medical resources for dealing with hyperbaric emergencies are provided on-site, and for formally notifying the local receiving hospitals of the fact that pressurised working is being carried out, before that work takes place.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation governs the use of, and control measures for using, compressed air, which also includes the need for decompression following a period of work or exposure in a compressed air environment.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Gather information about the location and extent of pressurised atmosphere work and the location of the man lock door and air lock at the pressurised working chamber

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure that on-site decompression facilities are adequate before committing crews into a pressurised atmosphere