Confined spaces often present unseen challenges. Confined spaces are areas that meet all of the following criteria:
No two confined spaces are exactly alike. Type, size and hazards vary greatly, along with different standards, procedures, regulations and company policies that can apply to each working environment.
Safely handling entries and exits starts with identifying your work spaces:
Working safely in confined spaces is universal, but different industries present their own challenges:
Be ready before getting to work, so your team can safely handle all entries and exits.
Before working in a confined space, always start with:
Plan, Access, Work Inside, and Rescue & Retrieval: Learn what they mean and how to address each step.
View the video to learn more about the basic elements that make up confined space entry, retrieval and rescue.
Confined spaces present some of the most challenging environments. When you're in a toxic atmosphere exposed to respiratory hazards like combustible dusts, hazardous chemicals, or experience oxygen deficiency, you need respiratory protection that will support you.
When hazards are so concentrated or so toxic they can't be brought to acceptable levels with other types of respiratory protection or if you've been unable to definitely record the level of hazard in the workplace, you may need a self-contained breathing apparatus.