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Confined Spaces Have a Plethora of Inherent Dangers

Confined Spaces Have a Plethora of Inherent Dangers

by Darryl CastilloEnvironmental, Health and Safety Specialist Confined spaces are typically characterized by limited entry and exit points, poor ventilation and restricted mobility, which can create deadly conditions. One of the most significant dangers is the risk of atmospheric hazards...

The Fundamentals of Confined Spaces

The Fundamentals of Confined Spaces

by Darryl CastilloEnvironmental Health & Safety Specialist The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has implemented stringent regulations when identifying confined spaces in the workplace.  Such standards are due to the number of fatalities associated with...

Atmospheric Monitoring – Old School

Atmospheric Monitoring – Old School

Headlight Dimmer Switch on Floor OSHA makes it clear at 1910.146(d)(5)(iii) that when testing the atmosphere in a permit-required confined space, testers should check oxygen first, followed by flammables, and finally, toxic gases and vapors. This makes no sense since atmospheric monitors...

Thinking Outside the Box to Identify Confined Spaces

Thinking Outside the Box to Identify Confined Spaces

Since 1993, I have been a student of OSHA’s confined space standard (29 CFR 1910.146) and it seems that with every passing day, I discover something new and intriguing. We all know that the OSHA definition of a confined space is: A space large enough and so configured that an employee...

Twas the Night of Confined Spaces

Twas the Night of Confined Spaces

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a… Hold on a minute, Gertrude! Everyone knows the story, but let’s back up and take a behind-the-scenes look at this annual elfin visit. Has it ever occurred to anyone that this is the...