The entry supervisor’s responsibilities require a review of the entire entry procedure to ensure that all conditions are safe for entry and that all permit requirements have been met before signing the entry permit to authorize entry. The entry supervisor must verify that the appropriate entries have been made on the permit, that all tests specified by the permit have been conducted, and that all procedures and equipment specified by the permit are in place before signing the permit and allowing entry to begin.
Like the authorized entrants and attendants, entry supervisors must know the potential hazards associated with the space, including information on the means of exposure, the signs or symptoms, and consequences and physiological effects of exposure.
The entry supervisor must also know when and how to terminate the entry and cancel the permit when the entry operations covered by the entry permit have been completed or a condition that is not allowed under the entry permit arises in or near the permit space. They must also verify that rescue services are in place and that the communication means for summoning these services are working.
The entry supervisor is responsible for maintaining acceptable entry conditions and operations consistent with the terms of the entry permit. The entry supervisor also determines when responsibility for the permit space entry operation is transferred. Entry supervisors are responsible for removing the unauthorized individuals who enter or who attempt to enter the permit space during entry operations.
An entry supervisor may also serve as an attendant or as an authorized entrant, as long as the person is trained and equipped. Also, the entry supervisor’s responsibilities may be passed from one individual to another during the course of an entry operation.
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