CASW | Confined Spaces

CASW | Confined Spaces
CASW | Confined Spaces

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A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed area that’s big enough for a worker to enter.

  • ✔ To help determine if the space you are working in is considered a confined space, remember these helpful points:
    • ➢ The space may be enclosed on all sides or as few as two sides.
    • ➢ The space is not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy.
    • ➢ The space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit that may complicate the provisions of first aid, evacuation, rescue, or other emergency response services.
    • ➢ Confined spaces don’t have:
      • Permanent utilities (e.g., ventilation systems, lighting, plumbing)
      • Wall coverings and furniture
      • Easy Access (e.g., large doorways, shallow staircase)

Common confined spaces in agriculture: Storage bins, Grain-drying equipment, and Lift station hatchway.

Typically, confined space incidents happen when: confined spaces are being prepared for entry, workers or others are entering the confined space, or work is happening in the confined space.

  • ✔ Manage your Confined Spaces better with these helpful steps:
    • ➢ Step 1: Identify the confined spaces.
    • ➢ Step 2: Post warning signs and secure entry to confined spaces.
    • ➢ Step 3: Determine the hazards for each space.
    • ➢ Step 4: Communicate with workers.
    • ➢ Step 5: Determine which spaces need to be entered.

No one should ever enter a confined space unless they have the proper training, equipment, and procedures in place.

Always look out for each other!

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