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. Based on the activity that is taking place, the entry crew can be used for each group or keep on changing. Toxic fumes, low oxygen content, and presence of flammable gases or vapors among others are some of the conditions found in the confined spaces. One can get difficulties in breathing which cause them to faint while working inside the enclosed places. Therefore, a permit is needed as per the Confine Space regulations to ensure the safety of the crew entering such places. Note that the spaces are big enough to enter, but one is limited to move. Due to the health issues associated with the confined spaces, it is essential to avoid working for extended hours.
The vaults, pits, storage bins, tanks, vessels and storage bins are some of the areas which are classified as confined. A worker who is working in any of the enclosed spaces is expected to learn the hazards they are exposed to as each confined space is associated with specific risks such as flammable gases and other toxins. If you are working in an area with excess oxygen or reduced oxygen content, then you are going affect your wellness. Working from a cramped space will subject you to suffocation.
It is essential to work outside the confined spaces to avoid the hazards, but due to practical reasons, that cannot occur. The a person using the enclosed area is expected to show the tools he is going to use and also present a license of using the confined space as this is carried out to manage the entry of confined spaces. Some of the confined areas experiences incidents such as explosions and the people working are expected to show their permit, and before any operation has started, the area should be indicated using signs. The signs are essential in that they suggest if the are is off limit or entry permit is needed to use the space.
The workers are trained well before using the confined areas with several posts being distributed which consist of entrant attendant. The responsibilities of the entrant supervisor include, terminating entry projects, examining acceptable entry conditions and overseeing the whole operation. They also manage the atmospheric testing with three types of testing being conducted. The tests are done in a specific order which is, determining the level of oxygen, checking if there are flammable gases and pointing out to contaminants especially the hazardous one.
The oxygen level should be maintained at above nineteen percent but below twenty-three and a half as this will allow the workers to continue working because they can breathe without experiencing any difficulty and also to eliminate any case of fire or explosion from the flammable chemicals.