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Confined Spaces

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Confined spaces are among the most dangerous areas a worker can enter, so it should come as no surprise that they are also near the top of OSHA's list when it comes to frequency of citations and fines. To comply with OSHA's confined space requirements, you'll need a thorough understanding of the regulations. Start by reading this 14 Step Compliance Plan. Then use the resources below to identify and address hazards in each confined space at your workplace.

Articles & Insight
  • Man in Confined Space The James Beals Tragedy: The Price of Neglecting Confined Spaces Safety

    The very afternoon after a grievance was filed, the prediction came true, killing the worker who had penned the grievance.
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  • Man in Confined Space How to Conduct a Confined Spaces Hazard Assessment

    Confined spaces are dangerous. The first step in controlling them is to thoroughly inspect your workplace and figure out if it contains any confined spaces.
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  • Confined Area How to Control Atmospheric Hazards in Confined Spaces

    Perhaps the greatest hazard posed by confined spaces is the air inside. So if you're allowing workers—either your own or those of a contractor,...
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  • Confined Entry Permit How to Create a Confined Spaces Entry Permit System

    If you're ever unfortunate enough to have a serious or fatal accident at your workplace, it's a pretty good bet that it will happen inside a confined space.
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  • Confined Spaces Serious How to Comply with Confined Space Emergency Response Plan Requirements

    One of the core elements that a confined spaces entry program must include is a safe entry procedure. Here’s what you need to do to comply...
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  • Confined Spaces How to Create Confined Spaces Entry Procedures

    You're a safety director and nobody has to tell you that confined spaces work is extremely dangerous and requires a lot of attention.
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Time Saving Tools
  • Model Confined Spaces Entry Procedures
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    This model reclassification form lists the information OSHA requires employers to document to reclassify a permit confined space as a non-permit space... Read More...

  • Model Confined Space Entry Permit
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    OSHA requires the entry permit to include specific and detailed information relating to the entry. This tool will aid you with ensuring... Read More...

  • Model Confined Spaces Emergency Response Plan
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    The OSHA permit-required confined space standard requires employers to make provision for rescue of workers before allowing them to enter a permit space. Read More...

  • Confined Spaces Hazard Assessment Worksheet
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    Confined spaces require a comprehensive hazard assessment so you can figure out if they're dangerous to work in and determine ... Read More...

  • Model OSHA Confined Spaces Entry Program
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    This Model Confined Spaces Entry Program comes from OSHA and is designed as a general example... Read More...

Whitepapers
  • Permit Required Confined Spaces Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered to be "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must...
  • Excavations Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Excavation...
  • Grain Bins: Dangers of Engulfment and Suffocation in Grain Bins Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins, and the number of these deaths continue to rise. In fact, the number of such deaths...
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