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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