Over 2 million workers enter permit-required confined spaces annually, but less than 15 percent are trained to recognize common hazards like oxygen deficiency, engulfment, entrapment, and other safety and health threats from energized systems and toxic materials. Fortunately, there are effective and well-established safe practices, testing protocols, and hazard controls that can prevent injuries and illnesses caused by these hazards in confined spaces. This training session provides information on these safe practices for workers designated as authorized entrants for permit-required confined spaces.
Why “Permit-Required Confined Spaces: Entrant” Matters:
- Recognize the hazards of confined space entry, including the signs and symptoms of exposure to hazards.
- Test and monitor for hazards, especially atmospheric dangers.
- Work closely with the attendant to enable the attendant to monitor your exposure to dangerous situations.Respond to emergencies, especially evacuating the confined space.Understand new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) that your employer must follow to keep construction workers safe.
- Make sure the permit is complete before entering. Implementing a properly completed entry permit is essential to control the hazards of a confined space.
- Know your required duties.
- Observe air monitoring. Air monitoring is critical.
- Follow safe work practices as outlined in the entry permit.
- Be prepared for rescue activities. Entrants should never remove their lifeline; attendants always need to be observant; and the entry supervisor must make sure all rescue equipment is positioned near the confined space before approving entry.