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Three quick questions regarding CONFINED SPACE in the workplace

Posted by Kelvin Scott on

Three quick questions regarding Confined Space in the workplace:

  1. What is a Confined Space?  
  2. When is it a "PERMIT REQUIRED" confined space?
  3. What about COVID-19?

1. WHAT IS A CONFINED SPACE?
- When a work space has limited openings for Enter or Exit.

- The space is not intended for continuous human occupation.

- Space is large enough to enter and conduct work.

Confined spaces include, but are not limited to: tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, duct work, pipelines etc.

2. WHEN IS IT A "PERMIT REQUIRED" CONFINED SPACE?
WHEN IMMINENT DANGER IS PRESENT, you must have a Permit Required Confined Space.

- Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous material.

- Has material that could engulf the occupant.

- Is configured so that an occupant could become trapped or asphyxiated as a result of inwardly converging walls or a floor that slopes to a small cross section.

3. WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?
TO PREVENT THE SPREAD of COVID-19:

- It is recommended that workers keep 6ft apart where at all possible.

- Employers should limit the number of personnel in a confined space to ONE wherever possible. 

- Where two or more personnel are necessary , workers should wear elastomeric air purifying respirators with P 100 cartridges, and face shield or goggles, when working within two meters of coworkers.

- Where possible, employers should assure proper ventilation in confined spaces.

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