Many workplaces have “confined spaces” within them. Confined spaces are areas that are not necessarily designed for people, but are large enough to allow workers to enter and perform certain jobs. Confined spaces are also limited for entrances and exits. There is usually only one way in and one way out in these spaces and they are not designed for continuous occupancy. Some confined spaces include ductwork, hoppers, manholes, pipelines, pits, silos, tanks, vessels, and much more.
In addition to this, OSHA has its own idea of what would be a “permit-required confined space.” These confined spaces have the potential to contain, or do contain a hazardous atmosphere or materials. They can contain material that can potentially engulf an entrant. These confined spaces may have floors that slope downward or walls that converge inward, tapering into a smaller area that may trap and/or asphyxiate an entrant. A permit-required confined space could also contain any other recognized health or safety hazard.
Every worker, by law, is required to have a safe working environment. Because of this, it is important to make sure you and your employees are safe when working in confined spaces. Confined space rescue training is an OSHA requirement if you plan on staying in business long-term. Texas Rope Rescue offers on-site confined space rescue training. Contact us today online or over the phone at (361) 214-2122 to request a quote.