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Confined Space Retrieval Systems are designed for safety when working in underground excavations and enclosed spaces, such as storage tanks, process vessels, or manholes. OSHA describes a confined space as having “limited or restricted means for entry or exit” and “not designed for continuous employee occupancy.” These environments are highly dangerous and potentially lethal for the personnel who work in them. Hazards include a lack of oxygen and/or the accumulation of other gases that may rapidly replace all oxygen, increase to toxic levels, or become explosive. Many of the deaths reported are a result of failed rescue attempts that also took the life of the would-be rescuer.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) makes three main recommendations for such environments:
Recognition – Understanding what constitutes a confined space and the potential hazards.
Testing, Evaluation, & Monitoring –“Tests should be made for oxygen level, flammability, and known or suspected toxic substances.”
Rescue – Personnel “should be equipped with rescue equipment, including a safety line attached to the worker in the confined space…The rescue procedures should be practiced frequently enough to provide a level of proficiency that eliminates life-threatening rescue attempts and ensures an efficient and calm response to any emergency.”
Source: DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 86-110
We provide Confined Space Retrieval Systems and training designed to meet the above recommendations and OSHA’s standards. Contact us for more information or learn more about our offered services.