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SAFETY FIRST OSHA STANDARD FOR CONFINED SPACES: READYING YOUR BUSINESS FOR COMPLIANCE BY RICK DUNCAN, SPFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR O n May 4, 2015, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new standard for construction workers working in confined spaces. Nearly two decades in development, the new standard for the construction industry is derived from the existing confined spaces standard for general industry. However, it is important to note that the standard for the construction industry contains new or additional employer requirements. According to OSHA, the standard for confined spaces in construction "will help prevent construction workers from being hurt or killed by eliminating or isolating hazards in confined spaces at construction sites."1 The standard requires employers to recognize and address physical and atmospheric hazards that may be present in a confined space prior to employees entering these spaces to perform work. The standard may require employers to establish warning systems and monitoring protocol while work is being performed in a confined space with existing hazards. Employers may also be required to establish rescue plans under certain conditions if an employee's ability to self-rescue from the confined space is limited. This article is intended to provide readers only a general overview of the standard for confined spaces in construction. Employers should familiarize themselves with the standard's requirements and implement the necessary training and compliance actions. Additional information and resources can be found on OSHA's confined spaces website at: https://www.osha.gov/confinedspaces/. Limited, singular egress and low overhead clearance makes nearly all crawl spaces confined spaces. 22 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Spring 2016 HOW DO THESE NEW REGULATIONS AFFECT SPF CONTRACTORS? Application of SPF insulation, in both commercial and residential buildings, may require employees to work in tight spaces with limited entry or clearance. These work spaces may be classified as confined spaces or permit spaces, requiring additional employer responsibilities under the standard. WHAT ARE CONFINED SPACES AND PERMIT SPACES? A confined space by definition: (1) Is large enough and so arranged so that an employee can bodily enter it and perform assigned work; (2) Has limited means of entry or exit; and (3) It is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Work areas that require access though a small hatch, a short doorway, or a ladder indicate a work space with limited or restricted means to enter or exit. A long distance to a single exit, obstructions such as pipes, ducts, or materials that a worker would need to crawl over, under, or squeeze around can restrict easy escape in an emergency and would be considered work spaces with a limited or restricted means to entry or exit. An area qualifies as a confined space if the space is also not designed for continuous employee occupancy such as one lacking ventilation, lighting, and sufficient room to work and move about. Due to potential dangers associated with working in confined spaces, employers must evaluate all confined spaces in which their employees https://www.osha.gov/confinedspaces/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2016

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – RICHARD R. RAWLINGS
OSHA STANDARD FOR CONFINED SPACES:
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: TRANSPARENCY AND CHOICE
INDUSTRY’S CHALLENGES SHAPE OUR EVOLUTION
SPF RESEARCH ON AIR QUALITY – PART 2
NEW CONSTRUCTION NEEDS OPEN DOORS FOR SPF INDUSTRY
TOP TRUCKS FOR SPF CONTRACTORS
BEHIND THE FOAM
2015 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
SPEAKING SENSIBLY
ABAA NEWS
ASK THE EXPERT – How to Write Clear Contracts
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS | ADVERTISERS.COM

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