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Confined Spaces & COVID-19: Best Practices
Aug 27th 2020

Confined Spaces & COVID-19: Best Practices

Confined spaces are a tight fit, but it is possible to work safely in confined spaces in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You’ll need to be more cautious about PPE use, cleaning, and social distancing guidelines, but plenty of caution is crucial for any worksite even when there isn’t a pandemic. What’s important is making sure that contact with contaminated surfaces and people is minimal. When … read more
FAQs of Fall Safety in Manholes
Mar 9th 2020

FAQs of Fall Safety in Manholes

Working in or around manholes comes with plenty of risks. One of your employees may fall down the hole or they may need help getting back up to the surface. Your team may also encounter hazardous substances down in the sewer, such as hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, and methane. Oxygen and airflow will likely be limited, so you need to make sure you and your team can breathe easy when working in … read more
What Size Ventilation Unit is Needed for My Confined Space?
Jan 22nd 2020

What Size Ventilation Unit is Needed for My Confined Space?

Breathing is an automatic process and a part of our everyday lives, but we don’t think too much about it until we need to. Improper ventilation in a confined space means that workers may breathe in gases and toxins that can cause illness and death. The proper sizing of a blower unit can help you comply with confined space ventilation requirements.When Does Confined Space Ventilation Matter?Confine … read more
How to Re-Calibrate a Gas Detector
Nov 19th 2019

How to Re-Calibrate a Gas Detector

There are lots of different options to consider when re-calibrating a gas monitor. Every gas detector is different, so re-calibrating all depends on what kind of monitor you’re working with.Re-calibration is essential when it comes to the health and safety of your employees. Gas monitors typically need to be re-calibrated every six months, according to The Occupational Safety and Health Administra … read more
Which Respirators Are Facial Hair Friendly?
Oct 31st 2019

Which Respirators Are Facial Hair Friendly?

It’s almost No Shave November, or Movember as it’s often called, and that means many of your male employees may be sporting facial hair in the weeks to come. Some of your employees may already have thick beards and mustaches, but all that extra hair can be a hazard for those that need to wear respirators on the job, including those that work in construction, mining, and manufacturing. Your employe … read more
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