Dräger Confined Space Safety Solutions
Dräger’s confined space solutions—from gas detection devices that support continuous atmospheric monitoring to supplied air respirators—help to ensure safety when working in areas such as tunnels, shafts or tanks. We work with our customers to understand your risk assessment and help you define “best-fit” products for your specific needs.
Hazards and Risks of Confined Space Entry (CSE)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average of 130 occupational deaths are related to confined space work each year.1 Low visibility, limited air supply, hazardous product residues: these are just a few of the things that make working in confined spaces one of the highest risk work activities.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a confined space consists of three elements:
- A space large enough for an employee to enter and perform work; and
- Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and
- It is not designed for continuous occupancy.
In many CSE applications, OSHA requires inspection and maintenance of the integrity of the space and equipment, which requires workers to enter confined spaces. Technically speaking, the moment a worker breaks the plane of an opening, he or she has entered a confined space. When ammonia or other potentially hazardous conditions are involved, workers should assume that the confined space presents a danger.