Confined Spaces – Are You Ready to Rescue?

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Industrial Scientific Corporation, Intelex, and JJ Keller
Presented by Ken Eck and Mike Palmer

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review previous incidents that resulted in fatalities or severe injuries.
  2. Explore the need for a comprehensive confined space entry and rescue plan.
  3. Illustrate and discuss lessons learned plus pre-planning pitfalls.
  4. Identify the role of the industrial hygienist (IH) within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) structure.


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Participants in this webinar will first learn why 60% of confined space fatalities occur when responding to and attempting to rescue victims from confined spaces. Presenters will then identify the root causes of these fatalities and offer some practical solutions for safely responding to confined space emergencies.

The course will review:

  • Review previous incidents that resulted in fatalities or severe injuries.
  • Explore the need for a comprehensive confined space entry and rescue plan.
  • Illustrate and discuss lessons learned plus pre-planning pitfalls.
  • Identify the role of the IH within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) structure.

It is time to stop accepting this terrible and very telling statistic by exploring its causal factors and developing some real-world, risk-reduction measures that we can apply the next time we engage in confined space work. Come join us in no longer accepting 60% as the status quo!



Kenneth C. Eck, is currently the Director of Safety, Environmental, and Industrial Hygiene for Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Inc., an EHS consulting firm located in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. He manages and provides EH&S consulting services to corporate, industrial, and government sector clients. Prior to his employment at QuES&T he served as the Safety and Risk Manager for the Rockland County BOCES, providing safety and environmental services to eight (8) public school districts. He supervised a staff of EH&S professionals and was also the Lab Director for an NYS ELAP accredited Radon laboratory at BOCES. Mr. Eck is a frequent speaker on various topics regarding safety, risk management, environmental affairs, school safety & security. He has provided these presentations in numerous locations in the U.S., South America, and the Caribbean. He has served as a technical reviewer for several publications of the National Safety Council and managed the development of MSDS Master, an MSDS management system. He is retired as the Chief Safety Officer and is a Past Chief of the Howells Fire Department and has 40 years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Green Buildings and Sustainability from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.


Mike Palmer, is a Principal with EnSafe, Inc. and served as the former Vice President of EnSafe’s Health and Safety Services Group for 13 years. He has 40 years of experience providing technical consultation in the areas of safety management systems, employee engagement, industrial safety, construction safety, process safety management, industrial hygiene, and training. Mike has a BS from Eastern Kentucky University in Industrial Risk Management and an MPH in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Tennessee. He retains professional certifications and registrations as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Since the inception of the OSHA confined space standard in 1993, Mike has had a special interest and deep involvement with all aspects of confined spaces. He has served on the AIHA Confined Spaces committee since 1993, two-time past Chair, and currently serves as the AIHA representative on the NFPA 350 and ANSI Z117.1 standards committees. He authored the newly added Confined Spaces chapter of the 2022 version of the AIHA IH Performance Metrics Guide. He has also served as a reviewer of the OSHA Construction Confined Space standard. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee MPH & MS programs from 1989 to 2011, routinely provides consultation as an expert witness regarding occupational health and safety cases, and has been published in several professional safety and health journals and periodicals.


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