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"#15 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standard - With Over 847 Citations Issued"
Each year 1.6 million workers work in what is defined by OSHA as Confined Spaces. In general industry (1910), as a result of the operations, the American work force suffers an average 63 fatalities each year, 5930 lost work days injuries, and 6950 non-lost work day injuries annually. Serious injury or death can result due to engulfment, electrocution, asphyxiation, or the accidental activation of machinery. It is estimated that 80% of these fatalities are due to hazardous atmospheric conditions.
To counter this needless loss of life and injury OSHA worked for 17 years to pass its' Confined Space Entry Standard. Effective as a Federal Standard on April 1, 1993 the affected State programs went into effect on July 14, 1993. OSHA believes that education on confined spaces and training on proper entry techniques could lead to prevention of 85% of the deaths and injuries resulting from confined space entry operations.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) estimates that millions of workers each year have the potential to be exposed to the hazards of confined spaces. Although procedures for safe confined space entry were established many years ago, the passage of 29 CFR 1910.146, Permit-Required Confined Space for General Industry, will provide workers across the country with training necessary to work in confined spaces safely. Workers will be able to identify and eliminate the hazards, and provide for rescue, if things go wrong.
Sixty percent (60%) of all confined space deaths were the would-be-rescuers, and in a survey of fatal accidents from December of 1983 through December of 1989, thirty five percent (35%) of the workers killed in confined spaces were supervisors. It becomes apparent that all workers must understand the hazards of confined spaces and join together in their efforts to establish a safe working environment. Your facility's confined space team will provide the cooperative effort necessary to ensure that all employees have a safe and healthy work place.
In keeping with Chapter 5(a)(1) of the General Duty Clause, OSHA on December 1, 1998, promulgated additional changes to the Confined Space Standard. More controls and emphasis are given to the entrant and attendant regarding information on the space to be entered and the monitoring equipment necessary to perform required monitoring prior to entry. Also in this most recent change are additional requirements that an employer must meet with regards to confined space emergency rescue operations, when are they required, who is responsible for their training, and how often rescue drills must be conducted.
Premier Safety Consulting Services, LLC offers a complete Confined Space Entry Program and all required training, that mirrors the standard and provides the end user with a product that is clearly written, a standardized format, and is easy to maintain.
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