RCSMRemote Confined Space Monitoring
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General questions regarding RCSM
What is Remote Confined Space Monitoring (RCSM)?
Remote Confined Space Monitoring or RCSM™ is the next step in the evolution of Confined Space Monitoring and Operations. Our system and processes leverage technology to fulfil the legislated responsibilities of a confined space attendant while enhancing the safety of entrants, reducing risk exposure hours, increasing operational efficiency, and reducing costs.
What happens if a worker forgets or neglects to badge in?
Our remote confined space monitoring system has built in motion detection and tracking. Our technicians set the motion tracking area to cover the manway in view of the external camera.
The system will capture any movement caught within the designated area and immediately send an alarm notification to the monitoring technician.
This alarm notification displays in flashing red across the screen, brings up video feed from outside and inside the manway, as well as records a bookmark for ease of finding at a later date should there be a need for an incident investigation.
Upon receiving the alarm notification our technician will communicate to the entrant via the internal intercom that they did not badge in and must exit the space to do so.
If the entrant does not respond to the communication via the intercom, our technician will dispatch the roving technician who is already in the field to the respective manway to communicate with the entrant in person and get them to badge in, as well as provide a training opportunity to ensure the worker understands the requirement to badge in.
Do entrants have to badge in and out at the same manway?
Our remote confined space monitoring system provides the ability to maintain a proper head count within a confined space even if a confined space entrant exits through a different manway than the one they entered through. Maximum number of occupants can also be set by manway, or in the case of multiple manways sharing the same internal space, limits can be established holistically.
How do entrants communicate with or speak to the RCSM Technician?
Any confined space entrant has the ability to communicate with the RCSM Technician via the Hard-Line Duplex intercom. There is an intercom located at each manway and also within the confined spaces at or near the workface.
How do you keep people from entering spaces they shouldn't enter?
If the manway is not currently active or is locked out due to safety concerns, our technicians will set a digital lock in the system so that it will not allow anyone to be granted access through swiping their badge.
The rover technician places a “Danger Confined Space Do Not Enter Sign” in place over the manway as a physical barrier to go along with the signage we have at every manway.
Every manway being remotely monitored will have a sign present at the manway letting them know that they are being monitored for their safety, that green light is required after a swipe for access to be granted and that visual and audible alarms will activate in the event of an evacuation.
This sign is a final reminder for the entrants that they are being monitored for their safety and cannot enter unless a green light grants them access after swiping their badge. Ultimately workers are also responsible to ensure that they abide by the confined space code of practice for the facility or jurisdiction that they are working in.
What happens if the system loses power at the confined space or at the central dispatch location?
The system is equipped with a minimum 1 hour battery power back-up both in the field and in the central dispatch location.
Who is responsible for checking the permit?
It is the workers responsibility to ensure that they are working within the parameters of a valid permit. The permit holder has the responsibility to make sure that all entrants are on their permit, have the correct PPE and that the work described on the permit is accurate. The centralized remote confined space monitoring system also has the ability to limit access if required, which can be very useful if the work poses risk to other potential entrants. Example: Access to a confined space for x-rays can be restricted to only x-ray techs.
Who is checking the atmospheric levels?
Atmospheric readings are continually monitored and data logged. Data logs are available from the Central Dispatch Center and can be exported to whichever granularity is required (Every second or every minute, etc.)
Atmospheric testing results can also be displayed via web-access to operations permit offices or control rooms.
Depending on the area / safe work plan requirements, additional gas testing may be performed.