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Confined spaces are common hazards in many workplaces. Improper use of these spaces can lead to severe injury or death. Skilled workers like electricians, plumbers, and engineers routinely work in small, dangerous, and close-in areas. Warehouses, service centers, and farms are also known for housing hazardous spaces.
How can you keep your employees safe in confined spaces?
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) defines a confined space as a small area that is not necessarily designed for people to move about in freely or occupy continuously. However, these spaces are large enough to be accessed for work. They can be accessed by limited or restricted entry points. Some common confined spaces found in workplaces include:
Some confined spaces require OSHA permits to ensure safety guidelines are followed. A permit-required confined space:
A space that requires permitting can be reclassified if the employer is able to prove all the following points.
The permit process protects employees from preventable accidents. Per OSHA regulations, permit-required confined spaces must be clearly marked. If employees are allowed to access the space, employers need to provide a written document that clearly spells out safety protocols. This includes personal protection equipment (PPE), procedures, and pre-entry testing information. It may also list information on how to rescue someone trapped within the space.
A formal training course is recommended for any employee who accesses confined spaces on a regular basis. This type of training has many benefits.
Making employees aware of the rules involving confined spaces ensures they will always meet OSHA safety requirements. While written documentation is required for all permit-required confined spaces, having the documents on hand does not guarantee your employees will read them. A short group training gives your workers the basic knowledge they need to stay safe in hazardous conditions.
Your training should cover:
Make sure you and your employees are prepared for the hazards of confined spaces with the Confined Space Entry training from NTT Inc. This one-day course teaches everything you need to know about entering, evaluating, and working in confined spaces. This course also covers developing and implementing a written program for permit-required spaces.
NTT’s instructors will visit your site to deliver training that is relevant to your workspace and industry. Contact our representatives now to schedule your on-site safety training.
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