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Confined Space and Rescue

Confined space is defined as a working environment with limited or restricted means of entry and exit—specifically, an access point less than 24” in diameter. In many instances, personnel working in confined spaces are also subjected to increased risk of entrapment, engulfment, and hazardous atmospheric conditions. Examples of confined space work environments include, but are not limited to underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, hoppers, ingot pits and diked areas, vessels, silos and other similar areas. Government safety regulations require all personnel entering confined space requirements be properly equipped with OSHA approved confined space equipment. All job-sites deemed confined space work environments must also be equipped with OSHA approved confined space rescue equipment in the event that an employee is not able to exit the hazardous area without assistance.

From methods to properly ventilating your confined space, to training and extraction systems for confined space rescue and retrieval, the safety professionals at DFP can custom tailor the right programs and equipment to meet the specific needs of your company and minimize the hazards facing your employees.

System Types

Market Segments

Design Considerations

Primary design considerations for confined space and rescue equipment include:

  • How many workers must the system accommodate?
  • How quickly do workers need to be extracted in the case of an emergency?
  • Does the application call for a permanent or portable system configuration?

DFP safety engineers can offer a site analysis and recommend a confined space and rescue system that will meet your needs and budget while complying with all relevant OSHA safety regulations.

OSHA Regulations

OSHA Considerations

  • 1926.502(d)
    ‘Personal fall arrest systems.’ Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
  • 1926.502(d)(20)
    The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.

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