Confined Space Reference Wallet Cards

Confined Space reference wallet cards are laminated and fold to fit inside your wallet.  Each card contains important information on: Oxygen Deficient Atmospheres Combustible/Flammable Atmospheres Toxic Atmospheres Heat Related Disorders Permit Required Confined Spaces Pre-Entry Checklist Entry Procedures Emergency Procedures Orders of 25 or more cards receive discounted price of $1.25 for each card ($.50 off … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 24, 2017
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Confined Space: When Air Testing Before Entry is Impractical

A client recently called me with a question. At his facility there was a confined space (a large vault) that they wanted to enter using alternate entry procedures (also known as reclassifying the space). Issues such as these are routinely addressed in our Confined Space Train the Trainer classes. Over the years his crews had entered the vault many times and had never encountered a hazardous atmosphere, nor had work activities ever created … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 20, 2017
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Confined Space Attendant and Fall Protection

Consider for a moment the issue of fall protection and the confined space attendant overseeing entry operations for workers in a vault or manhole (top down entry). A question I often ask our students is: "Does the confined space attendant need to be tied off?" That is, if the fall hazard is greater than four feet (which it almost always is), does OSHA require the attendant to use some sort of fall protection? In this imaginary scenario we need … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson October 18, 2016
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Fall Hazards and Permit-Required Confined Spaces

Does the presence of a fall hazard turn a confined space into a permit space? When Oregon re-wrote its confined space rules last year one issue of interest among those attending the stakeholder's meeting hosted by OROSHA, was the question of fall hazards and permit spaces. In other words, if you had a pit twenty feet deep and the only hazard was posed by using a fixed ladder to enter this pit, would the fall hazard be serious enough to make the … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson January 7, 2016
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Confined Space Train the Trainer UPDATED!

For the last five or so years we have enjoyed considerable success with Version 3 of our Confined Space Entrant, Attendant, and Entry Supervisor curriculum. Nonetheless, we are excited to release Version 4.  On July 14-15, 2015 in Medford, Oregon we will be holding our first train-the-trainer seminar using Version 4 of our confined space training materials. This class is being held in association with the Southern Oregon Chapter of the ASSE … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson November 6, 2015
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OSHA Confined Space Rules for Construction

In this post I'd like to review the basic requirements for the new Federal OSHA confined space rules for construction (§1926.1200 through 1213). This is intended for people who already have a basic understanding of the confined space rules for general industry (§1910.146) and are curious about the added requirements (none were taken away) that will apply to construction activities. As we go through this, you may find it handy to have a … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson November 6, 2015
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Construction Confined Space Rules: Updated

In both Oregon and nationally we have seen changes to the rules governing entry into confined spaces. On May 4th Federal OSHA released 1926.1201 "Confined Spaces in Construction". Earlier this year OROSHA published OAR 437-002-0146 which covers general industry and construction activities. None of the changes have anything to do with how we identify, evaluate, and safely enter into confined spaces. But there are important changes to the … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson May 28, 2015
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