The NIOSH training resource manual concerning safety and health in confined workspaces in presented. The manual is intended to provide contractors and others is the construction industry with an understanding of safety and health associated with confined workspaces and the safeguards necessary to minimize hazards. Accidents in confined spaces are considered. Responsibilities for safety and health in confined workspaces are discussed. Essential processes in a confined workspace hazard control program are considered. The characteristics of confined workspaces in the construction industry are examined. An analysis of confined workspace accidents is presented. Preliminary steps for entry into confined workspaces are noted. Safe entry permits are illustrated. Workspace testing and monitoring are discussed. Atmospheric test procedures and instrumentation are described. Ventilation of confined workspaces is examined. Fire and fire protection are discussed. The physiological aspects of work in confined spaces are considered. Noise is discussed. Personal protective equipment, safety equipment, and safe practices are cited.
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