Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Request for assistance in preventing occupational fatalities in confined spaces.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 86-110, 1986 Jan; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00131092
Abstract
The NIOSH Alert Bulletin on preventing occupational fatalities in confined spaces is presented. The Alert requests the assistance of managers, supervisors, and workers in preventing deaths that occur in confined spaces. It is noted that 60 percent of the deaths in confined spaces involve potential rescuers. A confined space is defined as a space which by design has limited openings and exits and unfavorable natural ventilation that could contain or produce dangerous air contaminants, and which is not intended for continuous employee occupancy. Eight case reports involving 16 fatalities in confined spaces are summarized. The fatalities were attributed to such factors as lack of natural ventilation, oxygen deficient or flammable or explosive atmospheres, limited entry and exit, dangerous concentrations of air contaminants, or physical barriers or limitations to movement. In each case, there was a lack of recognition and testing, evaluation, and monitoring prior to entry; nor had a well planned rescue been attempted. There are no specific OSHA rules that apply to all confined spaces. Recommendations include training workers to recognize confined spaces, testing confined spaces before entry, and establishing rescue procedures before entry.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-exposure; Workplace-studies; Health-hazards; Ventilation; Ergonomics; Safety-research; Inhalants; Exposure-levels; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19860101
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-205754
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 86-110
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
TOP