The Empirical Company routinely provide confined space monitoring in site specific conditions as a variety of hazards may exist. It is critical to recognize hazards and control these dangers since conditions can change rapidly. Procedures for work entering and exiting are crucial and must be specific to the space itself. A site specific procedure must be developed for the hazards found in each particular space. Any confined space entry procedure should apply to all workers, whether they are employees or employed by an outside contractor.

Recognize Hazards

A variety of hazards may exist in confined spaces. It is critical to recognize hazards and control these dangers since conditions can change rapidly. Procedures for working entering and exiting are crucial and must be specific to the space itself. A standard procedure must be developed and customized for the hazards found in each particular space. Any confined space entry procedure should apply to all workers, whether they are employees or employed by an outside contractor.

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Confined Space Defined:

“Confined Space” refers to a space which by design has limited openings for entry and exit, unfavorable natural ventilation which could contain or produce dangerous air contaminants, and which is not intended for continuous employee occupancy.

Confined spaces include but are not limited to storage tanks, compartments of ships, process vessels, pits, silos, vats, degreasers, reaction vessels, boilers, ventilation and exhaust ducts, sewers, tunnels, underground utility vaults, and pipelines. According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program, fatal injuries in confined spaces fluctuated from a low of 81 in 1998 to a high of 100 in 2000 during the five-year period, averaging 92 fatalities per year.

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