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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
Dec 4th 2015

Confined Space Entry Equipment For Pros and Beginners

While this confined space entry video is strictly about a rank beginner, the gear the confined space training facility at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) uses is exactly the type of equipment we offer at pksafety.com. The spot features an attractive local news anchor facing her fear of confined spaces. Spoiler alert - she doesn't freak out even a tiny bit. The TEE … read more
Welding in a Confined Space - How to Ventilate Properly
Nov 13th 2015

Welding in a Confined Space - How to Ventilate Properly

Construction welders regularly need to enter confined spaces in boilers, tanks, or pressure vessels to perform repairs or during the manufacturing process. Both MIG welding and TIG welding use inert gas that's heavier than air and that has the potential to displace oxygen and create a major hazard for the welder. Because of the inadequate ventilation of confined spaces, the heavy gas has … read more
Sep 25th 2015

Topside Continuous Monitoring Device for Confined Space

When making a confined space entry, experienced teams know how important it is to have a reliable topside monitor. It's a critical part of both pre-entry and an "active-passive" monitoring procedure during entry. Confined space entry teams that value reliability often turn to RKI Instruments for their high-quality gas monitoring devices. RKI produces the GX-2012 which is an acti … read more
Sep 18th 2015

Draeger SCBA Provides Confidence to Confined Space Workers

When the oxygen content drops below 17%, but work has to go on, count on the PAS Lite SCBA system from Draeger. The PAS Lite is designed not just for breathing in dangerous atmospheres, but also for working in them. The components of the PAS Lite system work seamlessly together for comfort and extreme protection in some of the world's most dangerous work or rescue environments. … read more
Aug 14th 2015

Setting Up Your Confined Space Entry Tripod

Setting up a tripod can be a pain in the neck so it's gratifying to use a product like the Miller 7 ft. aluminum confined space entry tripod. Properly machined and easy to click into place, each leg is independently adjustable so the system can be constructed on an uneven surface. Confined space entry is tricky enough with all the gear and the lifelines and the harness pinching … read more
Jul 10th 2015

What Do Contractors Need for Confined Space Entry?

Just because you aren't entering a drainage system, silo, septic tank, or some other confined space every day, or even every week, doesn't mean you can avoid getting the equipment necessary to make you OSHA compliant. But it does mean that you will be perfectly satisfied with a basic confined space entry system. For folks working in city waste water treatment facilities or manuf … read more
Jun 19th 2015

Post Confined Space Warnings to Keep Employees Safe

If a workspace contains hazardous permit-required spaces, OSHA mandates the employer must inform exposed employees of their existence, location, and the hazards they pose. This can be done by posting unambiguous warning signs such as "DANGER-CONFINED SPACE- AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY." And while signs like that are pretty clear, there will still be folks who assume it doesn't apply to t … read more
May 15th 2015

Confined Space Entry on a Budget

We wanted to take a few minutes to talk about our Confined Space Entry Contractor’s Kit. This is perfect for folks doing occasional confined space work who don’t want to make a big investment in equipment. The Kit meets all relevant OSHA standards but won’t break the bank. It comes with a BW MAX XT II 4-Gas Monitor. It’s one of our best sellers for confined space entry. The M … read more
May 8th 2015

Confined Space Communication Must Be 100% Effective

For effective communication, a message must be sent, received and understood. Sounds simple enough, but when working in a confined space with noise, machinery, and respiratory protective equipment in place, communication can be a challenge. Confined spaces can also create an echo that interferes with clear communication. If there is an emergency situation, you can add anxiety and l … read more
May 1st 2015

How Do Gas Monitor Sensors Work?

The sensors in your gas monitor work in different ways to keep you safe. Some wear out relatively quickly, while others could conceivably last forever. Here is a very quick overview to help you understand basic gas sensor technology. We hope this information will allow you to see the benefits of regular maintenance, bump testing and calibration. The most common sensors used in c … read more