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CSA Z1006-10 (R2015) – Management of work in confined spaces
CSA Z94.4-11 – Selection, use, and care of respirators
CSA Z180.1-13 – Compressed breathing air and systems
CSA Z259.12-11 – Fall Protection
CSA Z259.2.5-12 – Fall arresters and vertical lifelines
CSA Z259.100-12 – Full body harnesses
CSA Z259.2.2-14 – Self-retracting devices
CSA Z460-13 – Control of hazardous energy (lockout, and other methods)
CSA W117.2-94 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, Allied Processes
From 1992 to 2005, there were 431 workers killed in confined space incidents.
One-fifth of confined space incidents result in multiple fatalities.
One-fourth of all confined spaces fatalities occur during regular repair, maintenance, cleaning, or inspection procedures. (Source: CSCC).
A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.
In order for an area to be considered a confined space it must meet all three of the following criteria:
An area isn’t considered a confined space just because it’s small. Rather, a confined space is determined by the hazards associated with it. Examples of confined spaces include silos, vaults, hoppers, vats, tanks, water supply towers, sewers, and many more.
Confined spaces are usually broken down into two different groups: permit and non-permit. Permit (or permit required) spaces are the most hazardous and require a qualified person to complete a safety checklist (the permit) before entry can be made.
There are several hazards associated with working in a confined space. These are the most common: