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Confined space kits offer the basics you need in those tight spaces: tripods, space blowers, gas monitors, and more. From confined space entry systems to utilizing the right confined space retrieval system, PK Safety features top brands with products from BW Honeywell, FrenchCreek, RKI, MSA, Teledyne Gas & Flame, and DBI-SALA. Also consider a confined space communication system to stay safely connected during the job.
All-in-one confined space kits contain important tools your team needs for safe confined space entry. These kits may contain a tripod system, gas detector and related gear and accessories, ventilation blower, and harness. Some could include the straps or lanyards, respiratory protection, ergonomic gear, ducting for the blower, a bag or case to store the kit, and any of the other hardware you might need to get to work right away. PK Safety carries a selection of kits suited for different industries, so shop around or get in touch with PK Safety’s product experts for recommendations fit for your team.
Confined spaces are any areas that aren’t necessarily designed for long-term human occupancy but might need to be entered by human workers to perform specific jobs. They’re also defined by their limited or restricted entrance and escape options–think of areas like tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, pits, manholes, and other similar spaces. OSHA will use the term “permit-required confined space” for any of these spaces that also contains or has the potential to contain hazardous atmospheres, material that could engulf someone, construction that could trap or asphyxiate someone, unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or other hazards.
OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires providing a workplace “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” OSHA’s standards for confined spaces cover General Industry (29 CFR 1910) and Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, and 1918).
If you have a lightweight and portable tripod, like from FrenchCreek or any of the other brands that PK Safety carries, setting up your rescue tripod can be done quickly and effectively by one person. Once you’ve extended the legs to your desired length (and adjusted it to accommodate how level or uneven your surface might be), hook up the chain. Don’t just let the chain dangle, coil it out of the way. It’s essential to ensure the tripod has the vertical strength to stand up to the sudden jerk that a fall can cause.. From there, the harness and lifeline system of choice can be attached.
Tripod legs will have non-skid, often rubber, pads under them to keep the system from sliding around on a slippery surface. Workers will need to wear the proper fall protection gear if they are more than six feet from the next closest level.