Thursday, June 16, 2011

OSHA Safety Training Realizes Importance of Confined Space Entry – Get In and Out Safely

Each day thousands of construction workers are exposed to possible injury or death in what OSHA calls “confined or enclosed spaces.” OSHA safety training locations online and onsite realize the potential dangers of these enclosed areas. During a ten-year period from 1995 to 2005, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigated 585 fatal confined space incidents claiming 670 lives. Seventy-two of the incidents involved more than one victim. Many times, that second or third victim was someone trying to rescue a coworker without using the proper equipment or training.

Do Not Become a Statistic

Over that same ten-year period, the highest number of fatalities was in manufacturing (152), with agriculture second (128), and construction third, at 90. With the proper training and equipment, this death toll can be zero. Do not become one of the statistics. It only takes a little time to properly prepare to enter a confined or enclosed space.

What is a Confined or Enclosed Space?

The OSHA construction regulations define a confined or enclosed space as any space having a limited means of getting out, and which can gather toxic or flammable gases, vapors, or has oxygen-deficient air. NIOSH also says a confined space is one that has unfavorable natural ventilation.

About the Author

Bob Malhotra is the Co-Founder of and many other sites and firms with the goal of safety training to the masses in mind at all times. As the author of this review and hundreds of others all positioned on the Internet for easy access, Bob demonstrates both his desire to cover all things safety-related and to display what he has learned with a lifetime of experience and knowledge. Bob has been in the safety-business for well over 20 years and understands both the importance of safety training as well as the Federal Requirements mandated by the Department of Labor and OSHA.

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