Working in Confined Spaces
Anyone who carries out confined space work needs to be familiar with the standards and regulations for performing work in these environments.
Kice Equipment in Confined Spaces
Some of the equipment Kice Industries manufacturers may include confined spaces. As defined by OSHA, a confined space has:
- Limited means of entry and/or exit
- Is large enough for a worker to enter it and
- Is not designed or intended for regular or continuous occupancy
Confined spaces may include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, manholes, pits, hoppers, equipment housings, ductwork, etc. These types of spaces can present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be prevented if addressed prior to entering the space to perform work.
According to OSHA, a permit-required confined space (permit space) has the three characteristics listed above (which define a confined space) and one or more of the following:
- 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 that might cause an entrant to be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross section
- Contains any other recognized serious safety health hazards, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.
Only workers who have been assigned and trained to work in a permit space may do so. Additionally, before workers can enter a permit space, the employer must write a permit that specifies what safety measures must be taken and who is allowed to go in. For additional information on permit-required confined spaces see 29 CFR 1910.146.
For any of your service or maintenance needs, Kice is certified to work in confined spaces.