Confined Space

logo rescommod2The statistics for confined space accidents indicate that accident rates are relatively high when comparing industrial activities. These spaces cause concern in occupational safety & health due to the hazards they pose to the victim and subsequently the rescue team.

Confined space as defined varies between jurisdictions, but it is generally recognized as a space that:

  • has limited or restricted means of entry or exit;
  • is large enough for a person to enter to perform tasks;
  • is not designed or configured for continuous occupancy and
  • has the potential for a significant hazard to be present.

OSHA states a permit-required confined space has the characteristics mentioned above (that define a confined space), plus at least one of the following:

  1. Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
  2. Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing the entrant
  3. Has an internal configuration that might cause an entrant to be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross section
  4. Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazards

Rescom® Modular Hard-line Communication System is rated Intrinsically Safe for working in any hazardous environment that is permit required.

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