Confined spaces can be dangerous places. The brief review below will give “Authorized Attendants” a quick refresher on how to stay safe during a confined space emergency. Never allow workers to attempt an entry rescue unless they are specially trained, properly equipped, and authorized to do so.
What You Should Do in a Confined Space Emergency?
What You Should NOT Do in a Confined Space Emergency?
Why does it Matters?
Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered “Confined” because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them.
A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines.
OSHA uses the term “Permit-Required Confined Space” (permit space) to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains a material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.
Confined space hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for “General Industry”, “Construction” and “Shipyard Employment”.
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