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PDFWAC 296-307-65016

Use nonentry rescue systems or methods whenever possible.

You must:
• Use nonentry retrieval systems or methods to rescue entrants in a permit-required confined space unless this:
– Would increase the overall risk of injury to entrants; or
– Would not contribute to the rescue of the entrant.
• Make sure each entrant uses a chest or full-body harness, with a retrieval line attached to the harness at one of the following locations:
– At the center of the employee's back, near shoulder level.
– Above the employee's head.
– At another point which presents a profile small enough for the successful removal of the employee.
• Attach the retrieval line to a mechanical device or fixed point outside the space, so rescue can begin as soon as necessary.
• Make sure a mechanical device is available to retrieve entrants from vertical spaces more than five feet (1.52 m) deep.
When you can demonstrate that the use of a chest or full-body harness is not feasible or creates a greater hazard, then you may use wristlets or another method shown to be the safest and most effective alternative.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-65016, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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