Working in a confined space for any amount of time can pose several physical and environmental hazards to an employee. For this reason, it is crucial that employers understand these possible risks and use the necessary hazard mitigation techniques to prevent them.
Keep reading to gain a better understanding of what it means to work in a confined space and follow OSHA regulations.
Working in Confined Spaces Overview
OSHA uses the term “Permit-Required Confined Space” to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
- Contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant
- Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant
- Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress
Visit the official OSHA website to learn more about their confined space standards and enforcement.
DXP Confined Space Services
DXP Safety Services provides expert on-site safety services to support your critical projects, such as shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages, as well as routine maintenance operations. Whether you need rescue teams, attendants, rental equipment, or anything in between, DXP Safety Services has the personnel, equipment, and procedures to ensure that your project is completed safely.
Confined Space Rescue Teams
DXP Confined Space Rescue teams can be relied on to support your personnel during their maintenance projects. Our rescue teams are fully trained to all applicable standards and can be easily deployed anywhere in the country. From pre-job planning to rescue plan development to on-site standby, we can assist you every step of the way.
Confined Space Attendants
When you have workers inside a confined space, a confined space attendant can be, literally, their lifeline to the outside world. Regardless of the operation being performed inside the confined space, DXP Confined Space Attendants have the training and experience to support your personnel, ensuring a safe and productive outcome.
Confined Space Rental Equipment
In addition to specially trained personnel, confined spaces may also require specialized equipment that can be expensive to own and maintain. Luckily, DXP maintains an extensive rental fleet of safety equipment such as breathing air equipment, gas detection, fall protection, and ventilation equipment.
Contact DXP For Expert Confined Space Services
Keep your team safe with DXP safety services! We have the expert guidance and resources you need to improve how you assess risks, protect workers, prevent hazards, and handle equipment.
Contact your DXP Safety Expert today to find out how we can support your project with our full line of confined space products and services.