Silos, storage tanks, vessels, pumps and pipelines are a few examples of confined spaces in industry. In 2015, OSHA released a new construction standard to address a hazard that takes the lives of too many construction workers each year: Confined Spaces.
Confined spaces may appear to be safe but can contain invisible hazards such as dangerous fumes, vapors, or insufficient oxygen.
- Never enter a confined space unless you have the proper training, equipment, and procedures!
- Determine if confined spaces have a potentially hazardous atmosphere before entering by using special air testing equipment.
Never assume that an open top pit is safe to enter, even if it is not labeled as a confined space. Pits, man-holes, sewer tunnels and tanks under construction could still pose dangers.
Permit-required confined spaces are confined spaces that have any hazard such as:
- hazardous atmosphere - such as low oxygen or a toxic gas
- potential for engulfment or suffocation - a risk of drowning or being buried
- a layout that might trap a worker through converging walls or a sloped floor
- or any other serious safety or health hazard
Permit-required confined spaces require workers to take safety measures such as rescue equipment to safely remove someone out of a confined space without entering.
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