Friday, January 8, 2010

All Confined Spaces Are Not Equal

Confined Space and Classifications

I'm often perplexed by comments regarding confined space when people say something along the lines of, "oh we just handle all of our confined space entries as permit-required confined space entries."

Why would anyone as a matter of routine, classify their confined space entries as the most dangerous type of confined space entry? Are these actually confined spaces where they are merely controlling the serious hazards not eliminating the serious hazards?

We should take all confined spaces seriously. However, it is my experience that less than one percent of all confined spaces are actually permit-required confined spaces.

Don't allow complacency to exist when your employees know that not all confined spaces are equally hazardous.

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