OSHA — Contractors and confined space
The new rules include provisions to: Identify confined spaces and any known hazards. Grant you, the employer, the authority to prevent unauthorized entry. Elimination of hazards to avoid exposure. Utilization of a permit system when the hazard, or potential hazard, cannot be removed. (Think about this for a moment — where do we, as mechanical contractors encounter this type of non-removable hazard? — I’ll get to this in a bit.) Utilization of acceptable equipment to test and enhance safety. Last, but not least, establish etched-in-stone rules for rescue should an emergency occur and extraction becomes necessary.