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Answers to the Top Confined Spaces Questions (AIHce EXP 2023 OnDemand)

Course Description:
Recorded at AIHce EXP 2023

Confined spaces aren't simple boxes. The infinite variety of spaces and conditions make them much less clear-cut than intimates by their simple definition: limited openings for entry or exit, large enough to enter, and not designed for continuous occupancy. As soon as we start discussing specific spaces or work activities, questions arise. For example: Is it a confined space or isn't it? Is it permit required or isn't it? What makes a space able to be bodily entered? Would the crawl space above an office qualify? This session will discuss handling confined space entries from: 1) a logistics standpoint (planning how to protect workers); and 2) a regulatory standpoint (how to comply with the aim of protecting those who enter the space). The presenters will come armed with questions that have been posed to them about confined spaces and the precautions that must be taken. But our aim is to have this be a highly interactive session, with attendees posing the questions. To that end, we will solicit questions in advance and take them from the floor.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:

• Evaluate whether a given space is a permit-required confined space.
• Describe the limitations of meters used for confined space entry.
• Explain what must be done to reclassify a space.
• Identify the confined spaces in a facility.
• Discuss how to enter confined spaces safely.

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Janet Keyes, CIH
Robert Henderson, MBA
Christina Collins, MPH, CIH, CSP
Brian Heramb, CIH, FAIHA