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Start:Dec 08, 2019

Duration:5 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will increase the ability to apply Cal/OSHA safety standards for the construction industry.

Description: This Navitent will increase the successfulness of applying OSHA's safety standards. This information was taken from Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide f ... Read More

Summary: Safety Made Simple

Step 1

The next Steps cover Cal/OSHA safety regulations for Confined Spaces. Where appropriate, we have referenced the code from Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.

The topics we will cover in this Navitent are:

-How to Recognize a Confined Space
-Examples of Confined Spaces
-Employer's Responsibility
-Dangerous Air Contamination

After each of the next Steps, select the 'successful' response to indicate that you have read and understand the Step.

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Step 2

How to Recognize a Confined Space

Confined space is defined in 5158(b)(1) as space that exhibits both of the following conditions:

-The existing ventilation does not remove dangerous air contaminants or oxygen-deficient air that exists or may exist or develop

-Ready access or egress for the removal of a suddenly disabled employee is difficult because of the location or size of the opening(s)

Step 3

Examples of Confined Spaces

The following are examples of some of the locations which may exhibit confined-space conditions:

-Trenches and Excavations
-Sewers and Drains
-Tanks
-Vaults
-Wells and Shafts
-Crawl Spaces
-Ducts
-Compartments
-Pits, Tubs, and Bins
-Pipelines

Step 4

Employer's Responsibility

Employers must check initially and if conditions can change, they must check on an ongoing basis to discern whether work locations exhibit confined-space conditions.

If confined-space conditions have been identified, the following must be completed before employees may begin work:

-Written operating procedures must be prepared and employees must be trained

-Lines containing hazardous substances must be disconnected, blinded, or blocked

-The space must be emptied, flushed, or purged

-The air must be tested for dangerous contamination or oxygen deficiency

-Ventilation must be provided if testing reveals any atmospheric hazard

Step 5

Dangerous Air Contamination

Working in a confined space where dangerous air contamination exists requires:

-Appropriate respiratory protection

-Provisions for ready entry and exit where feasible

-The wearing of a safety harness attached to a retrieval line and retrieval equipment (go to 'docs' tab above page 25 of the Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide for an Illustration)

-One stand-by employee (with entry gear) trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation plus one additional employee within sight or call

-Effective means of communication between the employee in the confined space and the standby employee

Step 6

How much did this Navitent help you to understand the Cal/OSHA safety regulations for Confined Spaces, including:

-How to Recognize a Confined Space
-Examples of Confined Spaces
-Employer's Responsibility
-Dangerous Air Contamination

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