Confined Spaces: Spotlight on Safety
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Confined spaces are dangerous and can be deadly. Not only for the workers that work within them, but also for rescue workers trying to save employees from confined spaces. 60% of confined space fatalities are rescuers.
Confined space safety hazards include
• Lack of oxygen.
• Poisonous vapors, causing asphyxiation.
• Gases, vapors, or other hazards that can be flammable as shown in the example above.
• Physical hazards such as drowning, engulfment, or becoming trapped.
Confined space is any space that is enclosed. It can be a storage tank, process vessel, bins, broilers, ducts, sewers, pipelines, or any other space that has an open top and is 4+ feet deep.
To stay safe in confined space, follow the tips below:
• Regularly test the air quality.
• Ventilate the area according to company policy.
• Follow lock out/tag out procedures.
• Maintain continuous communication with a trained attendant.
While working in confined spaces cannot always be avoided, by following these tips, you can work safely within these spaces.