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Lecture 16

STAT141 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Live Wires


Department
Statistics
Course Code
STAT141
Professor
James Muriithi
Lecture
16

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Question 11
Fundamental safety and health principles behind the Confined Space Standard
Many working places have areas that are said to be confined (confined spaces). These
places are not designed specifically for people but in one way or another, people will find their
way in those places. There are limits to access or entry in such areas since they are not designed
for continuous occupancy. Some of the places that are considered confined space are silos,
vessels, tanks, tunnels, equipment housing and stores (Osha.gov, 2016). The Confined Space
Standard have been identified to care for the people who might enter these areas as there might
be accidents when the people are inside. OSHA refers to the rules as permit-required confined
space and has used different examples to identify the standards. A place that is space confined is
said to have a hazardous atmosphere created by emission of toxic gases, an area with materials
that might engulf the entrant, unguarded machinery, exposed life wires, slope downwards floors
and heat stress. The above standards have to be followed, and the employees have a right to a
safe working place. If the employees feel that the employer is not concerned with the working
environment, they can file a complaint. The confined hazards in an industry can be an
environment without enough oxygen, naked live wires that can electrocute an entrant,
disorganized stores that may have an employee injured while getting construction materials and
sloping floors.
References
Osha.gov. (2016, 04 15). Safety and Health Topics | Confined Spaces. Retrieved from Osha.gov:
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/confinedspaces/
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