The statistics for confined space accidents indicate that accident rates are relatively high when comparing industrial activities. These spaces cause concern in occupational safety & health due to the hazards they pose to the victim and subsequently the rescue team.
Confined space as defined varies between jurisdictions, but it is generally recognized as a space that:
has limited or restricted means of entry or exit;
is large enough for a person to enter to perform tasks;
is not designed or configured for continuous occupancy and
has the potential for a significant hazard to be present.
OSHA states a permit-required confined space has the characteristics mentioned above (that define a confined space), plus at least one of the following:
Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing the entrant
Has an internal configuration that might cause an entrant to be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross section
Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazards
Rescom® Modular™ Hard-line Communication System is rated Intrinsically Safe for working in any hazardous environment that is permit required.