Protecting dairy plant inspectors and contractors in confined spaces.
Ceballos-DM; Brueck-SE; Burr-GA; Niemeier-MT
Cheese Report 2012 Apr; 136(44):10
Entering confined spaces without proper precautions is dangerous. A recent issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene reported that between 1992 and 2005, 530 American workers died in 431 confined space incidents; 20 percent of these incidents resulted in multiple fatalities (2012; 9:120- 128). The manufacturing industry (which includes dairy plants) ranked second for the number of confined space fatalities. The aforementioned journal article also reported that many employers rely on public fire departments for confined space rescue, but fire crews can take between one and three hours to complete a rescue after arriving on-scene. Thus, preventing confined space incidents is the best way to protect employees. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) performed a health hazard evaluation to evaluate potential hazards federal dairy equipment inspectors could encounter during confined space entries, and to provide recommendations to improve their safety.
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