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INTERMANAGER WARNS OF USE OF BREATHING APPARATUS IN ENCLOSED SPACES

INTERMANAGER WARNS OF USE OF BREATHING APPARATUS IN ENCLOSED SPACES

Friday, January 15, 2021 

Shipmanagement trade association Intermanager has issued a memorandum regarding the Human Element Industry Group Enclosed Space Committee, which has highlighted an urgent need to address the current use of EEBDs (Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus).

A memorandum from Intermanager says there is a need for clarification that the use of EEBDs, which has a likely duration of 15 minutes, is for emergency escape only. It is not designed to provide an adequate supply of breathable air for personnel to enter enclosed, or any other spaces, for any purpose.

Similarly, SCBA is designed for firefighting, emergency and rescue operations only.  It is not intended to provide breathable air for personnel working in enclosed or any other spaces. Such spaces should be gas freed and ventilated to allow access.

Intermanager recommends study of IMO Resolution A 1050 (as adopted on 30th November 2011) and ISGOTT Chapter 10 and especially 10.6 – Emergency Procedures - for detailed instructions.

Shipmanagers are urged to check procedures within their own organisations and ensure that the above understanding is duly reflected in all on board procedures and risk assessments.

The Human Element Industry Group (HEIG) is an association of the NGOs – accredited to IMO – who are dedicated to an increased understanding of the human element of improving safety and operations at sea.  Its members comprise Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) accredited to IMO, which have interests in the Human Element.

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