Confined spaces are found all over the world, from basic industry to construction, to your own home. One of the most common things and sometimes the most hazardous things we can run into while on the job is a confined space. So what is a confined space? A confined space is and area that contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere. Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing the entrant. Has an internal configuration such that an entrant count be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section. And finally, Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.
The general requirements of a confined space as designated by CRR 1910.146 are as follows. The employer shall evaluate the workplace to determine if any spaces are permit-required confined spaces. If the workplace does contain permit spaces, the employer shall inform exposed employees, by posting danger signs or by any other equally effective means, of the existence and location of and the danger posed by the permit space. If the employer decides that their employees will not enter permit spaces then the employer shall take effective measures to prevent its employees from entering the permit spaces and shall comply with the other regulations of this code.
When an employer decides that its employees will be entering a permit space the employer shall develop and implement a written space program that complies with this section. This written program shall be available for inspection by employees and their authorized representatives.
There are many other important guidelines that employees must follow before entering a confined space shall be deemed safe. A confined space can also be defined as a space that is not designed for continuous use, has limited means of entering and exit, and is large enough for an employee to...