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Hierarchy of Controls for Confined Space
Jul 28th 2021

Hierarchy of Controls for Confined Space

Confined spaces may be difficult and dangerous to work in, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to make these areas more comfortable or safer. An abundance of caution is always going to be a great tool, but sometimes the easiest and safest thing to do is get rid of hazards contained within the space completely. If that’s not possible, there are more steps to take in the form of the hier … read more
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What’s Your Confined Space Fall Rescue Plan?
Jul 22nd 2021

What’s Your Confined Space Fall Rescue Plan?

Work done in confined spaces and high places has something in common: the need for fall protection equipment. This gear can help workers avoid falling in the first place, arrest their fall so they don’t hit a lower level, and keep them in place until they can be brought back up. But PPE is the last line of defense in the event of an accident and should be a part of a complete fall rescue pla … read more
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Which Gas Detection Device is Right for Your Workplace?
Sep 30th 2020

Which Gas Detection Device is Right for Your Workplace?

Choosing a gas monitor or detection device depends on the nature of your workplace and how your employees interact with the space. Learn about the pros and cons of different types of gas monitors to make the right choice for your business. Three Types of Gas Detectors: Portable gas detectors Fixed gas detectors Gas detection tubes (Colorimetric detection devices) Po … read more
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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
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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
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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? … read more
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How to Re-Calibrate a Gas Detector - Gas Detector Calibration
Nov 19th 2019

How to Re-Calibrate a Gas Detector - Gas Detector Calibration

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 Sa … read more
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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 empl … read more
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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 potent … read more
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Gas Detector Tubes: ​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?
Sep 10th 2019

Gas Detector Tubes: ​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 t … read more
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Ventilation in Confined Spaces and Confined Space Monitoring Requirements
Jun 7th 2019

Ventilation in Confined Spaces and Confined Space Monitoring Requirements

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
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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