Industrial Safety

Industrial Safety

Articles


Syndicate content

Confined Space Equipment

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
Bookmark and Share

Operating in tight spaces can be extremely difficult without the proper confined space equipment. Poor air quality, heat, and lock of elbow room make small areas tough to work in, but with good tools and the proper protective equipment, safe work practices in tight spaces are a little bit easier. Three main types of equipment that you may need involve PPE, ventilation and lights, and communication equipment if necessary.

Types of Confined Space Equipment

The list of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for use in confined spaces is long, and specialized. Standard protective gear such as hardhats and safety glasses are important, as is a safety harness and winch for applications that involve vertical travel, such as manhole work. With the addition of tripod, many fall protection systems also double as lifelines for confined space work.

Ventilation units usually consist of collapsible duct hosing for connection with an outside air source, and a high-grade centrifugal blower to act as a fan. Many ventilation kits include mounts for manholes, duct carriers, and a saddle vent. It is also important to include in your list of confined space equipment plenty of light sources, including helmet-mounted lights or flashlights.

If your target area is significantly distant from your point of entry, it may also be important to carry a portable radio. Especially if you are operating alone in conditions that cannot be remotely monitored, a simple two-way radio is a safe and lightweight addition to your confined space equipment. Radio microphone and receiver options for certain models of respirator may also be available.


Bookmark and Share