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April 2013

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Q:

Do rescue personnel have to sign a confined-space entry permit before they enter a confined space to attempt a rescue?

A:

When an entry rescue is necessary, a new permit is required and rescue personnel who enter the space must be identified as entrants on the permit. It's not necessary for entrants to sign the entry permit. However, the entry supervisor must sign the entry permit, post it on the space where employees can see it, and cancel it after the work is finished.

Required information on an entry permit includes:

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