- Entrance size
- You want to make sure the space is adequate enough for you to navigate
- If possible, increase the number of openings so it will be easier to breathe
- If you are having a hard time breathing, you can try coming up periodically to obtain fresh air
- You are going to want to protect your eyes, face, head, ears, hands, and the rest of your body, when exposed to any hazards so harmful chemicals, will not enter your system
- Exit strategy
- Are you able to safely get out quick in case of an emergency? If not, make sure to keep that passageway clear in order to enter and exit without any issues
- If you are in need of rescue, will the rescuer be able to safely get to you? According to OSHA, an estimated 60% of fatalities have been among the would-be rescuers
Employers should consider proper training for entering and exiting confined areas to assure the safety of all employees. Remember, every worker has the right to refuse unsafe work. If you believe the space is unsafe to enter, do not enter. Make sure all the safety precautions are in place.
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Written by Monique Adenaike