OSHA 1910.146 requires that you audit your workplace to determine if you have confined spaces; and if so, then determine if any of those spaces are permit required confined spaces (PRCS).
In assessing your workplace, if it is determined that Permit Required Confined Spaces exist, specific programs, entry plans and employee training all need to be implemented. PRCS locations need to be identified and all persons must be aware of these locations. This needs to be done to inform not only your employees of the existence, location, and hazards posed by your confined spaces; but also any affected visitors and contractors need to be aware of these spaces and their hazards.
If Permit Required Confined Spaces (PRCS) do exist then OSHA requires that the employer perform and provide the following:
- Identify the Permit-Required Confined Spaces
- Provide training to employees prior to being involved in a Permit Entry
- Develop a Permit system to insure the space is safe prior to entry
- Have some means of rescue at the ready
What is a Confined Space: “Confined Spaces” are those spaces that contain all three of the following items:
- Are large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; and
- Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit (for example, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers,vaults, and pits are spaces that may have limited means of entry.); and
- Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.
What is a Permit Required Confined Space: “Permit-required confined space (permit space)” means a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contains or has a 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 convergingwalls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section; or
- Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.
The Sotaris Approach
Sotaris offers all services to achieve compliance with the requirements of 1910.146, more specifically we offer the following services:
- Facility audit to determine IF and WHY spaces are Permit-Required
- Develop inventory Listing of all Permit-Required Confined Spaces
- Development of Confined Space Permit Program
- Determine if Remediation to a Non-Permit Required is possible
- Create Specific Entry Procedures for each Permit-Required Confined Space
- Provide training to employees
As in the case of any safety application, Sotaris seeks to identify the most pragmatic method for achieving compliance, while addressing the specific needs of the particular client. We are able to do this by paying close attention to pertinent variables such as workforce makeup, budget constraints, project schedule and machine/process particulars.
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