At the end of last year we covered a range of topics related to confined space entry. Today, we’ve compiled a list of the common terms and definitions for this area of occupational health and safety.
Before any person enters a confined space, you must isolate any potentially hazardous services. Today we take a look at the two main methods of isolation.
The first question you might ask is why ventilate? There are many good reasons to ventilate, but environmental stability tops the list. David Angelico, president of Air Systems, has this to say: ‘Ventilation of a confined space should be done to stabilise the environment. This provides us a reference point for the most important piece of confined space equipment – the atmospheric monitor. This “stabilisation” of the confined space atmosphere minimises the speed at which the atmosphere can or will change and maximises the reaction time by the worker to evaluate the change and decide if they need to exit the confined space.’
There are a few, basic principles you can follow to ensure your employees practise the correct caution when working in a confined space. If entry to a confined space is unavoidable, you need to develop a safe system for working inside the space.
We’ve covered the definition of confined space, as well the basics for conducting a risk assessment in one. Today we look at the most common hazards you should keep an eye out for when working in a confined space.
It’s simple – if you plan to work within a confined space, or part of your work will take place within a confined space, you need to be aware of all the attendant risks. Many work incidents or accidents happen in confined spaces each year. In many instances, victims are not aware of the risks or that the control measures they implemented were inadequate.
We’ve finally come to the end of our series on driver safety. Today we kick off with a new series on confined space, and the safety rules and practices required to ensure you and your colleagues (or employees) are as risk free as possible. Let’s begin by taking a look at the best safety tips for confined space entry.