Handout on Confined Spaces & Dangerous Atmospheres

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BENEFITS

Confined spaces can pose many safety hazards to workers. For example, the atmosphere in a confined space can become dangerous if it fills with toxic gas or fumes, or if the oxygen level falls too low. And a dangerous atmosphere can pose a hazard to both workers doing a task in a confined space as well as would-be rescuers who may try to come to their aid in an emergency.

HOW TO USE THE TOOL

Give this handout, which is based on one created by the IHSA, to workers as a supplement to a safety or toolbox talk on the dangers of hazardous atmospheres in confined spaces. Adapt it for your OHS program and the confined space requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS laws. The person conducting the talk should review the types of confined spaces and atmospheric hazards that your workers may encounter, and demonstrate how to use gas detection equipment.

OTHER RESOURCES:

IHSA

How to identify the areas considered “confined spaces” under the OHS laws

Information on developing a confined space emergency plan

How to comply with the requirements for confined space attendants (and a checklist of the training such attendants should receive)

A confined spaces infographic to display in your workplace