4 Safety Steps for Working in Confined Spaces
All areas of the construction industry carry with them at least some risk. Simply climbing a ladder can be risky if the right safety precautions are not taken and the right protective gear not worn. However, confined spaces present very significant safety threats. The good news is that the right steps can help to mitigate those risks to some extent.
1. Monitoring the Atmosphere
Confined spaces come with their own unique risks and threats. One of those is that oxygen levels will be depleted to dangerous levels, or that other gases may seep into space from the surrounding area. The atmosphere within confined spaces should be monitored at all times to ensure that workers within the space have adequate time to escape if a threat should occur.
2.Never Work Alone
It is crucial that anyone working within an enclosed space never works alone. This does not necessarily mean that there must be two or more people within the space, but someone must be in constant communication with the worker at all times to ensure safety.
3. Appropriate PPE Must Be Worn
Anyone working within an enclosed space should use the appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). This will vary depending on the environment in question, as well as the work being performed. Examples of PPE that might be necessary to include breathing devices, safety helmets, safety glasses/goggles, protective clothing, and more.
4. Isolation Matters
Working within a confined space can be dangerous enough. It should not carry with it the risk of additional threats being introduced by others. The workspace should be isolated to ensure no additional risks can present, and this can include cutting electrical power, disconnecting piping, and more.
With the right steps, working within confined spaces becomes much less dangerous.
However, the right education and training are still necessary. CIF can help.
CIF Training can help.