Safety Talks – Confined Spaces Identification
Identifying confined spaces within your facility can be a challenge, especially when you don’t know what signs to look for. Using the following points as reference will make confined space identification easier within your facility.
A confined space will meet all of the following criteria:
- Have limited means of egress
- Removable Plates / Hatches
- Ladder as an Entrance / Exit
- Hole / Pit / Excavation Site with a depth greater than 5 feet.
- The space must be large enough for a human to enter.
- The space is not designed for continuous human occupancy.
When is a confined space entry permit required?
- When a confined space has any recognized hazards including:
- Engulfment hazard
- Entrapment hazard
- Atmospheric hazard
- Chemical hazard
- When performing certain work activities that require a worker to enter the confined space for any period of time.
- Entry procedures and events that relate to confined spaces within your facility.
- Ask your team if they have any questions regarding confined spaces.
- Review how someone could be injured within a confined space and prevention measures in place to minimize the risk.
For further discussion about Confined Spaces, check out our Safety Talks – Confined Space Entry Procedures.
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