Workers in confined spaces can be exposed to hazards that are not present in open-air work where the worker is free of these limitations. Therefore, the usage of Personal protective equipment is also highly advisable in such situations. This blog post will discuss some tips for staying safe while working inside a confined space.
Tips for working in confined spaces:
-Reach out to your employer.
-Don’t let anyone enter the confined space for any reason until you’ve tested it and deemed it safe.
-Never work alone, even if you’re just “dropping” something off or fetching tools from inside the confined space.
-Don’t wear jewelry or lose clothing that could get caught on a piece of equipment inside the confined space.
-Wear long pants and boots to protect your legs from accidental contact with hot surfaces, moving machinery, or sharp tools/metal fragments that may be present in the workspace.
-Only enter if you have received the proper training for the specific, confined space at your work site.
-Never enter if you are feeling faint, dizzy, nauseous, or short of breath.
-If possible, use gas detectors to detect fumes in the air.
-Use a buddy system when using tools like welding torches inside confined spaces since they can produce dangerous gases or fumes.
-Always use proper ventilation to prevent pockets of hazardous gases or chemicals from building up inside the confined space before entering it.
-Be sure your respirator is appropriate for work in a confined space because it can be too hot, you might have issues with breathing if there are not enough oxygen levels present, and some may even be too loud to use in a confined space.
Conclusion: The best way to stay safe while working in a confined space is to ask for help from your employer and be sure you’ve received the proper training.