Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 07:16:15
Many printing facilities have confined spaces and some may even have a "permit-required" confined space. In order to avoid accidents, it is worth taking the time to understand the definition of a confined space and the procedures necessary to protect people.
What is a permit-required confined space?
A permit-required confined space is a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:
* Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
* Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant
* Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section
* Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard
Employers with permit-required confined spaces on-site must develop and implement a written confined space entry program that conforms to OSHA standards at 29 CFR 1910.146.
To access 29 CFR 1910.146 on-line, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
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