Confined Space Entry is one of the subjects that have been handled for a long time as there exist variety of entries even if the tool used are the similar. The team using the confined space can be retained or replaced by another one depending on what is taking place in these areas. The confined areas are known to contain gases which can catch fire, reduced oxygen levels and gas leakage among other harmful substances. It is easy to suffocate due to the state found in some of the confined areas. Therefore, a permit is needed as per the Confine Space regulations to ensure the safety of the crew entering such places. The areas used may be large to enter but it becomes hard to move from one point to another. Due to the health issues associated with the confined spaces, it is essential to avoid working for extended hours.
Some of the locations which are categorized as confined space include, hoppers, storage bins, pits, bins, containers, tanks, and vaults. Make sure that you know the kind of harmful substances present in every confined area as some of them contains gases and vapors which can quickly catch fire. Note that an excess of oxygen or reduction of oxygen is not recommended as in each case, there will be health complications. If you are in cramped places, you may suffer from suffocation due to lack of air.
It is essential to work outside the confined spaces to avoid the hazards, but due to practical reasons, that cannot occur. The employees are expected to establish facilities which they are using to operate and permit space entry programs are required to monitor entry into the confined spaces. In case of danger, the license in writing is going to be used, and danger signs are supposed to be elevated on entry areas where the hazardous work is going to be executed. One will tell if the area is accessible or not by looking at the signs on entry points.
Training is offered as part of keeping everyone safe with different posts being given which include, entrant attendant or entry supervisor. The responsibilities of the entrant supervisor include, terminating entry projects, examining acceptable entry conditions and overseeing the whole operation. The supervisor also perform three atmospheric tests before the confined site is used. Checking the amount of oxygen, knowing if there is any flammable vapors or gases and identifying the hazardous pollutants is the order in which the test should be carried out.
The percentage of oxygen should range between 19 and twenty-three and a half to allow the person in the confined place to breathe quickly and also to avoid the case where the level is high to activate explosion or fire from the flammable gases and vapors.