A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed area that is big enough for a worker to enter. The space may be enclosed on all sides (for example, a bin or tank), or as few as two sides (for example, an enclosed conveyor).
Confined spaces are not design for someone to work in regularly. They are places where entry may be needed from time to time for inspection, cleaning, maintenance, or repair.
Incidents in confined spaces are rare, but when they do occur the consequences can far outweigh the size of the error. Confined space incidents can happen suddenly, often without any warning that something is wrong. Incidents involving atmospheric hazards, for example toxic gases or a lack of oxygen, in confined spaces often cause serious injury or death to more than one person.
Typically, confined space incidents happen when confined spaces are being prepared for entry, when workers or others are entering the confined spaces and when work is happening in the confined space.
Hazards can include too much or too little oxygen, toxic gases and vapours, explosive atmospheres, entrapment, moving parts and many more.
FIOSA-MIOSA, the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, will be hosting information sessions on June 29th at 9am and then again at 1pm. Included in this awareness session will be a high-level view of the hazards associated with confined spaces. In addition to a 90min presentation on confined space we will have a 30min first-aid presentation from our hosts, St. John Ambulance.
This is a free event for all FIOSA-MIOSA member companies. Space is limited and attendance is on a first come, first served basis.