Confined Space Entry Guidelines (2002) has just been issued by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). It is the latest in a series of safety publications and services that help electrical contractors protect their workers on the job site, while complying with regulations of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

So-called “confined spaces” range from manholes and tunnels, to crawl spaces under buildings, to crowded electrical equipment closets. These locations present particular safety problems caused by lack of mobility, reduced communications with other workers and the difficulty of exiting quickly in an emergency. Sometimes the potential problems of confined spaces are further complicated by factors such as the need for artificial ventilation.

Confined Space Entry Guidelines (2002) is intended to help electrical contractors comply with applicable OSHA regulations and customer requirements, as well as developing their own company programs to ensure employee safety when working in confined spaces. The publication provides comprehensive information about the following:

  • OSHA Part 1910 and 1926 standards, policies, and interpretations

  • Confined space hazards and accident causes

  • Sample task-specific confined space entry procedures

  • Safety training program requirements

  • Records and documentation

  • Exhibits, definitions, references and more

“The relatively high number of confined space deaths for industry workers and their would-be rescuers is readily preventable,” said David Potts, NECA's director of safety and insurance programs. “Through establishing well-planned work procedures, even harsh and hazardous enclosed environments can be made safe for productive maintenance and construction work. This new NECA publications offers guidelines to help make this possible.”

Confined Space Entry Guidelines (2002) includes prepared forms and checklists, and allows additions and deletions to be made as needed to match specific company needs.

ORDERING INFORMATION

Confined Space Entry Guidelines (2002) is priced at $45, with NECA-member and quantity discounts available. Call the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504, fax (301) 215-4500 or e-mail orderdesk@necanet.org and request Index No. 5090.