Assessing confined spaces

Sampling in a confined space

Antiquity Environmental Consultants provide confined space assessments in the form of a HIRA (Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment) entry and work procedures to ensure the safety of workers.

As defined in the WorkSafeBC publication on confined and enclosed spaces:

“A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed area that is big enough for a
worker to enter. It is not designed for someone to work in regularly, but workers may
need to enter the space for tasks such as inspection, cleaning, maintenance,
and repair. A small opening or a layout with obstructions can make entry and exit
difficult and can complicate rescue procedures.”

 

A descriptive image showing different confined space dangers

Common dangerous spaces

Confined Space Services Offered

  • Confined/enclosed space identification
  • Regulatory interpretation and implementation
  • Testing
  • Hazard identification and assessment of all chemical, physical and biological hazards
  • Procedures to eliminate or control all identified hazards
  • Confined space entry permit development
  • Hot work permit development
  • Worker confined space awareness training
  • Rescue and emergency plans
  • Confined space program development and review.

Importance of Program Development

The importance of proper procedures when dealing within confined spaces can be summarized by an excerpt from the WorkSafeBC document cited below:

“Before workers perform work in a confined space, the employer must prepare and
implement a written confined space entry program.
The identification, evaluation, and control of confined space hazards are often quite
complex. For assistance in assessing the hazards and preparing a written confined
space entry program, consult a qualified occupational health and safety professional.
The health and safety professional can tell you what to do to make it safe to enter a
confined space, including providing the appropriate air-testing equipment, and explaining
the portable air-moving device and the personal protective equipment to be used.”

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