What is a confined space?
Confined spaces present some of the most challenging environments for health and safety professionals. From potentially toxic atmospheres, to physically hazardous conditions such as extreme temperatures, unstable materials, or the potential for falls, confined spaces often present unseen challenges. Creating and maintaining a safe jobsite with Confined Spaces depends on having correct, current information.
Confined Spaces are areas that are:
No two confined spaces are exactly alike. Type, size and hazards vary greatly, along with different standards, regulations and company policies that can apply to each working environment.
Safely handling entries and exits starts with identifying your work spaces:
Working safely in confined spaces is universal, but different industries present their own challenges:
Each year, an average of 96 deaths occur within confined spaces in the United States alone:
Physical Hazards (61% of deaths):
Atmospheric Hazards (34% of deaths):
Be ready before getting to work, so your team can safely handle all entries and exits.
Before working in a confined space, always start with:
Plan, Access, Work Inside, and Rescue & Retrieval: Learn what they mean and how to address each step.
View the video to learn more about the basic elements that make up confined space entry, retrieval and rescue.
Trust your team and your tools. Workers must have adequate preparation and experience in the work involved to function safely in confined spaces.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and your access and rescue equipment can mean the difference between getting in and out safely or not.
For help with permit and non permit required confined space entry - evaluate considerations for entering a confined space.
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