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What are the OSHA Requirements for Confined Space Tripods?
Sep 16th 2019

What are the OSHA Requirements for Confined Space Tripods?

Workers across a wide range of industries may need to enter what’s known as a confined space, such as tunnels, manholes, crawl spaces, and other confined environments. Due to the potential hazards of these spaces, OSHA has issued strict requirements for confined space entry. Take a look at OSHA’s requirements for confined spaces as well as the safety equipment used to rescue workers from potential … read more
​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?
Sep 10th 2019

​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?

Gas detection tubes have exploded in popularity over the last few decades. These single-use tubes are designed to record the presence of chemical compounds in the air. Some are toxic, like different types of acid, while others are harmless, such as water vapor. Just insert the tubes into a hand pump, suck in air through the pump, and read the results to find out if the air is safe to breathe. … read more
Ventilation in Confined Spaces
Jun 7th 2019

Ventilation in Confined Spaces

When it comes to working in confined spaces, such as basements, attics, tunnels, ducts, and pipes, you need to provide a certain amount of ventilation to prevent respiratory problems and other health issues. If oxygen levels get too low, you could put the health and safety of your employees at risk. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines confined spaces as, “[spac … read more
How to Stay Safe Working in Manholes: Safety Tips & Equipment
Aug 27th 2018

How to Stay Safe Working in Manholes: Safety Tips & Equipment

Manholes are dangerous places to work, not only because they’re confined spaces, but also because of the danger to health and safety unique to the site. Municipal Sewer & Water magazine published the article Safety Tips for Working In and Around Manholes, and our safety experts think it has some great advice for workers; here are some things you need to know about manhole safety. Take Pro … read more
The Best Davit Systems for Use in Confined Spaces
Jul 7th 2017

The Best Davit Systems for Use in Confined Spaces

A davit is a popular crane-like device made of steel or aluminum and designed for supporting, raising, lateral moving, and lowering people, working platforms, boats, anchors, or other heavy equipment. Davit systems can be used to lower a lifeboat to the embarkation level for boarding. They can be utilized as man-overboard safety devices to retrieve people from the water. You … read more
Confined Space Entry — Top 3 Safety Tips
Mar 16th 2017

Confined Space Entry — Top 3 Safety Tips

When working in confined spaces, it’s critical that workers stay safe from hidden and potentially deadly dangers. These spaces - which, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, are usually small and difficult to exit - can include places like coal mines, manholes, grain elevators or wine tanks, along with many others. OSHA recognized this and creat … read more
What's Your Rescue Plan?
Jan 11th 2017

What's Your Rescue Plan?

Be Careful in Confined Spaces Working in a confined space is dangerous because of the risks of asphyxiation from noxious fumes or dust, reduced oxygen levels, as well as fire and flood dangers. Where can you find confined spaces? Here are a few examples: water and sewer pipes, silos, utility tunnels, pumping stations, tanks, vats, pits, kilns, wastewater wet wells, sumps, vaults, storage … read more
Weatherization: Home Safety Issues and Reducing Your Energy Bill
Dec 14th 2016

Weatherization: Home Safety Issues and Reducing Your Energy Bill

We recently learned about a nationwide program instituted by the U.S. Department of Energy that promotes the use of clean and sustainable energy through weatherization funding. It’s the Weatherization Assistance Program. This came to our attention when a couple of new customers approached us from community action groups that specifically carry out weatherization services. These customers purcha … read more
What's New in the World of RKI Gas Monitors?
Nov 15th 2016

What's New in the World of RKI Gas Monitors?

Gas detectors are essential for confined space monitoring before and after the entry. RKI designs high-rated topside and diffusion gas monitors for these purposes. Topside Monitors The  GX-2012 is an active pumped four-gas monitor with sensors engineered to detect Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxygen (O2) and combustible gases (LEL). Its powerful internal p … read more
OSHA: the New Construction Rule and the General Confined Space Rule
Jul 27th 2016

OSHA: the New Construction Rule and the General Confined Space Rule

By Mario Mendoza, Regional Sales Manager, Allegro Industries On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a new standard for construction work in confined space. There are five key differences from the Construction Rule, and several areas where OSHA has clarified existing requirements. The five new requirements include: More detailed provisions requiring coordinated activities when there are m … read more
Gas Detection Solutions for Commercial Spaces
Jul 21st 2016

Gas Detection Solutions for Commercial Spaces

Confined spaces become hazardous areas when exhaust gathers from cars, trucks, buses, tractors, trailers, forklifts, and other fossil fuel burning engines. Exhaust fumes are highly toxic and exposure to the fumes can result in serious health problems, and even death. That is why the CO and NO2 levels must be measured, and when concentrations reach unsafe, unhealthy levels, the areas must be ven … read more
Retrofit Notice on DBI-SALA Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems
May 19th 2016

Retrofit Notice on DBI-SALA Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems

Have you purchased one or several of the following products? Capital Safety has determined that these following DBI-SALA Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems manufactured before 1/1/16 do not fully meet some of the loads specified for certain davit adjustment positions as represented in the "Instruction for Use" (IFU) manual & product labels. This is NOT a recall and there … read more