If confined spaces are present in the workplace and workers may enter them, the employer must ensure compliance with regulations. The best approach is to eliminate confined spaces or the need to work in them; whenever possible work should be preformed outside of the space itself.
Ultimately, a confined space means a fully or partially enclosed space:
- that is not both designed and constructed for continuous human occupancy and
- in which atmospheric hazards may occur because of its construction, location or contents or because of the work that is being completed inside of the space itself
- it is also important to note that both these conditions must be met in order for the space to met the definition of a confined space and thus trigger the necessity for proper regulation and safety awareness
In general employers are required to follow the flowing five requirement when dealing with confined space safety:
- Develop a confined space entry program
- Conduct Hazardous assessments
- this assessment is a critical step in the entry process as all hazards must be identified if the work is to be completed successfully and safely
- Develop Plans
- Provide training to all workers entering the space
- Develop permits
For more information regarding comprehensive safety training please contact the PAT Institute at 1-888-501-9272 or visit www.patinstitute.ca
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