About Confined Spaces
A confined space is defined
as an area that is large enough for an employee to enter and perform work, but has limited or restricted means of entry/exit
and is not designed for continuous human occupancy. Examples include storage tanks, ship and barge hulls, silos, pipelines, construction
sites/trenches, sewers and tunnels. Open-topped water and degreaser tanks can also be confined spaces as they prohibit natural
ventilation and can be sources of gas generation.
Hazards of Confined Spaces
Normal safety hazards of the workplace
are complicated by the limited area of most confined spaces, but the most serious threat to the health and saftey of the worker
comes from atmospheric hazards. Unfavorable ventilation can cause the atmosphere to be life-threatening. Explosive and toxic
gases and a lack of oxygen cause the majority of confined space injuries, and can be fatal. Leaking gases or liquids from
storage tanks, natural gas lines, or underground tanks can also create a hazardous atmosphere, as can decomposing organic
Don't Take Chances
training, your workers can recognize confined spaces and their potential hazards. Pre-planning, sampling, preparation, proper
equipment and protection are all key elements of a safe worksite.
HAZMATEAM, Inc. offers comprehensive training in confined
space safety. For over 15 years we have served New England with quality training in all areas of EHS - OSHA, DOT, RCRA, IATA
and more. Our qualified staff can assist with compliance, audits, consulting, and even provide confined space rescue services.
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