A Co-ordination Document

In a Confined Space with multi-employer involvement, rules are applied if the workers of more than one employer perform work in the same confined space or related work with respect to the same confined space. Before any worker enters the confined space or begins related work with respect to the confined space, the lead employer shall prepare a co-ordination document to ensure that the duties imposed on employers are performed in a way that protects the health and safety of all workers in or around the confined space. The co-ordination document may provide for the performance of a duty or duties by one or more employers on behalf of one or more of the employers, with respect to some or all of the workers.

A copy of the co-ordination document shall be provided to,

a) Each employer of workers who perform work in the same confined space
b) The JHSC or Health & Safety representative, if any, for each employer of workers who perform work in the same confined space.

The main reason accidents occur in or around ‘Confined Spaces’is because a PLAN has not been developed, by the employer, per the regulations. The company must answer the following question,

What is a Confined Space?

A ‘Confined Space’ means a fully or partially enclosed space,
(a) that is not both designed and constructed for continuous human occupancy, and
(b) in which atmospheric hazards may occur because of its construction, location or contents or because of work that is done in it.

Ontario Regulation 632/05

The plan shall contains provisions for,
a) The duties of workers
b) Co-ordination document (section on lead employers)
c) On-site rescue procedures
d) Rescue equipment and methods of communication
e) Clothing and personal equipment and devices
f) Isolation of energy and control of materials movement
g) Attendants
h) Adequate means for entering and exiting
i) Atmospheric testing
j) Ventilation and purging
k) The Permit

As a Training Director for a Peterborough, Ontario-based company, HRS Group Inc., I have access to information concerning health and safety from all parts of Canada. As a member of the C.S.S.E. (Canadian Society of Safety Engineering) we are constantly inundated about the many accidents in the workplace all across Canada, any subsequent fines or jail time, and any possible corrective action applied to ensure the accident(s) do not have a recurrence.