Permit Required Confined Space

What are Confined Spaces? TAS can assist with Confined Space Entry (CSE) and Confined Space Rescue (CSR).

Confined Spaces Dallas-Fort Worth Texas

Many workplaces have areas that meet OSHA’s definition of “confined spaces” – although certain confined areas are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited means for entry or exit. These spaces include areas such as tanks, vessels, vaults, silos, storage bins, silos, hoppers, silos, manholes, pits, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork and pipelines. There may be other examples in your workplace.

When there are additional hazards present, OSHA elevates them to a category of a “permit-required confined space” (permit space). This standard is used to describe a confined space that has other hazards which can have some of the following characteristics: containing or can have or potentially have a hazardous atmosphere. The space can also contain material that may be able to engulf an entrant; has inwardly converging walls or floors that have a downward slope and tapers into a smaller area that may trap or asphyxiate an entrant, an example of this is a silo with a cone bottom (sand, grain, etc..). Other recognized hazards can include exposed live wires, piping into the space that may have liquid or a gas, unguarded machinery or additional machinery that has a hazard requiring locking out of potential energy sources (LOTO).

Confined Space Entry & Rescue

Environmental hazards can also be a factor. Heat stress of the area due to the type of space entered. Boilers, ovens, kilns or areas that lack air flow can contribute to heat stress. The environmental hazard coupled with the need to wear proper PPE all contribute to the added hazard of heat stress for the worker.

Confined Space Safety

Another environmental hazard is the weather. Rain and lightning are examples that may trigger the removal of all entrants from the confined space or the cancellation of a permit. Working in a space that is prone to filling with storm water may be a hazard from rain events several miles upstream. Lightning is a real hazard. For example, working an entry in a tank that previously contained a flammable substance creates an additional hazard that would prohibit entry during a forecasted lightning event.

Stand by Rescue

Off-site rescue service or EMS responders may satisfy the regulatory requirement for rescues but often present significant disadvantages of unrealistic response times. The response time is a collection of factors. Drive time alone is not a reliable, primary factor in determining timing for rescue respondents. The other factors include the attendant recognizing that there is an issue, equipment or gear loading and availability. The initial call out to the rescue team, calling medical teams, initial evaluation, planning the rescue, utilizing PPE and the rescue attempt itself will also factor into response times. Reducing any of these variables can improve the chances of a successful rescue. The collective of these steps can often make calculating a response time very difficult task and essentially an unreliable determination. An on-site, well-trained TAS stand by rescue team will help to eliminate many unknown variables. On-site, prepared and undistracted standby teams minimize response time failure and ensure timely action. TAS Environmental Services, L.P. employs highly skilled EH&S Staff to monitor Confined Space Rescue (CSR) training and on-going education. Our teams are trained on both CSR and CSE. We also train staff on CPR and First Aid in addition to 40 Hour hazwoper training. We can mobilize 24/7/365 to help minimize risk and maximize safety QC when Confined Space Entry (CSE) is necessary. Call us at 888.654.0111 for assistance.

TAS Environmental Services offers the best confined space entry services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

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TAS Environmental Services Acquires Delmar Disposal

TAS Environmental Services Acquires Delmar Disposal for Its Second Acquisition in 2017

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-based TAS Environmental Services acquires Delmar Disposal strengthening its Industrial Division across 4 DFW locations

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TAS Environmental Services, L.P. (“TAS”), a Fort Worth-based environmental services provider and portfolio company of TEAM Partners, LLC, a Dallas, Texas-based private equity firm, announced the acquisition of Delmar Disposal Co. (“Delmar Disposal”), a Dallas-based industrial waste services provider. Delmar is TAS’ second add-on acquisition in 2017 and follows the acquisition of Water Kleen Services in May. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TAS provides a comprehensive suite of environmental services including, among others, industrial services, emergency response, remediation, transportation, pipeline and terminal services. TAS operates in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Delmar Disposal, founded in 1988, provides environmental and industrial services including wastewater disposal, tank cleaning, grease trap cleaning and related services. Delmar operates a wastewater treatment and recycling facility and was recently recognized by the City of Dallas as a Blue Thumb Award recipient for its contribution in improving the water quality of the Trinity River.

“TAS is pleased to join forces with Delmar Disposal to deepen our commitment to the DFW environmental services market,” said Ed Genovese, TAS President and CEO. “This transaction strengthens our industrial services offering and adds an in-demand, internal recycling asset for TAS. We have tremendous respect for the operation that Delmar has built over the last 30 years and are honored to work with Delmar’s customers and employees going forward. TAS now operates DFW’s largest 24/7 industrial vacuum fleet with over 25 local units and is uniquely positioned to serve the demands of our growing customer base.”

Buddy Ham, owner of Delmar commented, “I am excited to watch Delmar’s next phase of growth under TAS. TAS is a natural home for Delmar as they adhere to our same philosophy of providing exceptional customer service and treating employees well. In addition, TAS will also bring additional resources and services to the customer base.”

David Mann, managing partner of TEAM Partners added, “We are thrilled to welcome Delmar to the TAS platform. This has been an active year for TAS as we have closed two add-on acquisitions in the past six months and opened a new greenfield location in Midland, Texas. Our appetite for future growth remains strong and we will continue to seek additional strategic acquisitions.”

About TAS Environmental Services, L.P.

TAS is a leading regional environmental services company based in Fort Worth, Texas. TAS offers a comprehensive service offering in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas including emergency response, remediation, industrial services, transportation, waste management, pipeline and terminal services. For additional information about TAS and its capabilities, please visit

About TEAM Partners, LLC

TEAM is a Dallas-based private investment firm that invests in profitable, family owned and owner-operator businesses generally with up to $100 million in revenue. We focus on opportunities in which we can add value from our strategic, operational and financial resources. Since 2002, our principals have acquired 26 companies across numerous industries including industrial, business services and consumer products. For additional information, please visit


For TAS Environmental Services
Ed Genovese, CEO
Phone: (817) 535-7222

For TEAM Partners, LLC
David Mann
Phone: 214-621-0192

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EPA Sustainable Materials Management

Multiple Waste Management Streams Are Needed To Ensure Proper Disposal

TAS Environmental Services has become a leader in waste management solutions and as a result, we regularly update our practices to ensure our company is compliant based on EPA sustainable materials management guidelines.

The EPA works with public and private organizations to deliver the best data and non-hazardous materials and waste management hierarchy which highlights multiple approaches to waste management.

To learn more about what the United States Environmental Protection Agency considered the best process for materials management click here.

TAS Project Managers can be used as valuable resources that can help manage potential waste for recycling or reuse. Please contact us at for more information.


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Science of Oil Spills Training Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2016

Re-Posted from the Office of Response and Restoration | NOAA


NOAA‘s Office of Response and Restoration, a leader in providing scientific information in response to marine pollution, has scheduled Science of Oil Spills (SOS) classes in two locations in spring 2016:

  • Mobile, Alabama the week of March 28, 2016
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan the week of May 16, 2016

We will accept applications for these classes as follows:

For the Mobile class, the application period will be open until Friday, January 22. We will notify accepted participants by email no later than Friday, February 5.

For the Ann Arbor class, the application period will be open until Friday, March 11. We will notify accepted participants by email no later than Friday, March 25.

SOS classes help spill responders increase their understanding of oil spill science when analyzing spills and making risk-based decisions. They are designed for new and mid-level spill responders.

These trainings cover:

  • Fate and behavior of oil spilled in the environment.
  • An introduction to oil chemistry and toxicity.
  • A review of basic spill response options for open water and shorelines.
  • Spill case studies.
  • Principles of ecological risk assessment.
  • A field trip.
  • An introduction to damage assessment techniques.
  • Determining cleanup endpoints.

To view the topics for the next SOS class, download a sample agenda [PDF, 170 KB].

Please understand that classes are not filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We try to diversify the participant composition to ensure a variety of perspectives and experiences, to enrich the workshop for the benefit of all participants. Classes are generally limited to 40 participants.

For more information, and to learn how to apply for the class, visit the SOS Classes page.


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Brace Yourself for Fall and Winter Rainfall

Re-posted from Jeff Braun's Emergency Management Blog 
Click here to visit the Office of Emergency Management
in Fort Bend County, Texas

In its Fall 2015 Newsletter, the Brazos River Authority published an article indicating that those of us who reside in the Brazos River watershed, and that includes Fort Bend County, should be aware that we could experience more rainfall than normal this year. The article is below:

A record-setting El Niño has the potential to deluge Texas with wet weather during the late fall and winter months, which could top off Brazos basin reservoir levels that have been dropping due to returning drought conditions. But the same weather phenomenon could also bring too much of a good thing, with potential flood conditions also a possibility in upcoming months.

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