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Safety & Confined Spaces

CONFINED SPACE:  IS IT HAZARDOUS TO WORK IN?

By:  Ron Parker STS, CHST

 

First, let me define a “confined space”.  Generally speaking, a confined space is a partially enclosed or completely enclosed space.

A confined space can pose a risk for the health and safety of anyone who enters.  This is because of the following.

Confined spaces can be above or below the ground.  Confined spaces can be found at many workplaces, if not all workplaces.  A confined space is not just a small area.  It can be a large structure such as a silo, tanks, etc.


WHAT ARE THE HAZARDS IN A CONFINED SPACE?

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE PRIOR TO ENTERING A CONFINED SPACE?

The important thing to do first is to determine if the area a worker is to enter is really a confined space.  If it is determined a confined space be sure the confined space assessment and control program is followed.  To determine this refer to the 29CFR 1926 OSHA regulations.  Next, is it absolutely necessary that the work has to be done inside the confined space.  In many cases the work can be accomplished outside of a confined space.   Before entering a confined space a trained and experienced worker should      identify all existing and potential hazards.  The air inside the confined space should be tested from outside of a confined space using detection equipment with remote probes and sampling lines.  This test should determine the following:

      Results of these findings should be recorded on the entry permit along with the equipment and methods used to determine these tests.


Referring to my opening statement it can be determined that it is hazardous to work in a confined space.  Should you adhere to the information given in this article I believe you should have a safe working area.  There is a lot of information concerning confined space.  We will discuss this in a later article. 

 

 

 

 


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