OSHA SHARP LOGOOver the course of our 30 year history, CMS has evolved from a specialty contractor working safely in permit required confined spaces into a safety company with a repair division. Our growth was the product of a concerted effort to create a best in class safety program designed specifically to address and mitigate the risks inherent with confined space operations.

All CMS employees are rescued trained and able to transition from their traditional role as workers into an onsite rescue team capable of responding to any emergency. No other contractor can make this claim, and CMS has been awarded the coveted OSHA SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) designation in recognition of our commitment to safety.

CMS currently provides confined space rescue services including technical rescue and confined space attendants nationwide as part of our process safety management system.

Confined Space Safety Program

CMS Safety ProgramThe CMS Safety Program creates a partnership between safety and rescue services and general industry with the goal of ensuring that all permit required confined space operations are 100% OSHA compliant. Our commitment is to provide world class safety and rescue services in a manner that allows plants to improve their safety programs and reduce expenses.

The CMS Safety Program is a comprehensive solution that begins by evaluating the safety requirements of the operation and communicating with contractors to discuss their needs and capabilities. With this information, we identify the anticipated PPE and training required for compliance and make arrangements to be onsite during outages to help ensure these aspects of compliance.

Our Safety Program also ensures that competent and fully qualified Confined Space Attendants and emergency rescue services are available at all times. Our solution is founded upon a cutting edge approach to the role and training of the CSA. Every member of the CMS Safety Team is a certified Emergency Rescue Technician (ERT) with a minimum of 86 hours of confined space safety and rescue training. The ERT training includes high angle rescue, complex patient packaging, CPR, first aid, and AED.

Because of their advanced training, the CMS ERTs serve the dual role of acting as both a CSA and as the members of a standby rescue team. The CMS Safety Program provides the resources, experience, and commitment necessary to manage confined space safety.

Confined Space Rescue Technicians

Confined SpacesWhere a confined space is classified as permit required, OSHA requires that a confined space attendant (CSA) be stationed near the space during any entry. The CSA is responsible for ensuring that conditions inside the permit required space comply with OSHA regulations and that necessary precautions have been taken to minimize the likelihood of a workplace injury.

A CSA must not only recognize hazards present but possess the skill and training to needed to implement preventative safety measures and use advanced equipment. Unfortunately, many CSAs have received little training their inexperience sets the table for avoidable work place injuries and accidents to take place.

At CMS, all of our CSA have been certified as Confined Space Rescue Technicians (CSRT) through an intense and rigorous training program based on NFPA and OSHA guidelines. CMS Rescue training includes high angle rescue, advanced rope ripping systems, non-entry rescue techniques, atmospheric monitoring, AED, first aid, and complex patient packaging.

The CMS Process Safety Management System also allows our CSRTs to quickly generate site specific hazard assessments, rescue plans, and the system helps ensure that there are zero gaps in compliance.

Benefits of staffing CMS Confined Space Rescue Technician:

  • Site specific hazard assessments
  • Zero gaps in compliance documentation
  • Seamless communication
  • Highly qualified safety and rescue personnel

Rescue Teams

CMS Rescue Teams

In many cases, OSHA requires host employers to assign a standby rescue team to respond in the event of a confined space emergency. OSHA has also established challenging time parameters for the completion of rescue operations for permit required confined spaces. Complying with these timelines can be difficult where a local fire department or, even in-house rescue team, is designated as the standby responders.

Hiring an outside professional rescue team can represent one manner to help ensure the availability of competent rescuers but their expense often cost prohibitive.

CMS Rescue Teams provide highly trained and experience rescue personnel in an approach that actually helps reduce annual safety expenses. Every member of our Rescue Teams has been certified as an Emergency Rescue Technician (ERT) and have received a minimum of 86 hours of confined space rescue training. The ERT training includes high angle rescue, complex patient packaging, first aid, AED, incident command systems, and rapid intervention techniques. Most Team members have decades of experience acting as first responders or as professional rescuers and they train year round in confined space rescue operations.

Our Rescue Teams take an active role in assuring the safety of the confined space prior to entry. This includes providing a site specific hazard assessment, creating a rescue plan in advance of entry, and pre-staging essential emergency equipment. Through our processes and procedures, a rescue operation begins almost as soon as an emergency develops. Our preparation can be the defining difference between a rescue rather than recovery operation.

Benefits of CMS Rescue Teams:

  • Highly trained rescue personnel
  • Active participation in site evaluations
  • Rapid emergency response
  • Zero gaps in compliance documentation
  • Reduced safety expenses

Safety Training

Safety Training SimulatorCMS offers year round safety-training courses in confined space safety and rescue operations. Our course instructors are veteran professional rescue personnel with decades of experience responding to confined space emergencies. At our facility, our students receive extensive hands on training and our curriculum can be tailored to meet your needs.

The classroom experience includes the use of a full scale simulated permit required confined space. This provides students with the opportunity to experience confined space entry in a controlled environment and to perform simulated rescue operations under real life conditions. Our instructors can also travel to you and perform onsite training at your facility.

Safety Consultations

CMS Safety ConsultationsThe CMS consulting service identifies operational strengths and weaknesses through a comprehensive and detailed safety audit. An objective third party assessment not only helps prepare your organization for an OSHA inspection but helps identify dangers before they materialize in a job site injury. This proactive approach not only helps mitigate the risks of liability but also may lead to a discount of insurance policy premiums.

Benefits of a CMS Safety Audit:
  • Preparation for OSHA inspection
  • Detailed report, assessment, and recommendations
  • Risk mitigation
  • Potentially reduced insurance premium
  • Improved safety policies and procedures