Confined Space Reclassification: Facts and Myths

Few topics elicit as much confusion as the reclassification of permit-required confined spaces, also referred to (more appropriately as using alternate entry procedures). People want to know if we should control hazards or eliminate them? Or both? Can we weld or grind in a reclassified space? Can we permanently reclassify? What are the benefits? Can I reclassify if there's a fall hazard? Anyone responsible for developing or maintaining a confined … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson November 6, 2015
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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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