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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: 

  1. A space large enough for an employee to enter and perform work; and
  2. Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and
  3. 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. 

Rescue worker helps victim wearing Dräger Saver CF emergency device

Potential CSE Hazards

  • Fire/Explosions: collection of flammable gases/vapors which can be triggered by sparks or high temperatures.
  • Bodily harm: contact with toxic gases, vapors, fluids or corrosive substances.
  • Physical hazards: entrapment or exposure to falls from heights.
  • Long-term health effects: chronic exposure to carcinogens or toxic substances.
  • Oxygen-deficiency: unventilated workspace or exposure to inert gases (i.e. nitrogen, argon) leading to asphyxiation.
  • Elevated temperatures: exposure can lead to heat stress and harmful effects on the body.

To help reduce risks, Draeger has a variety of solutions, including:

  • Dräger X-Viz™ Confined Space Monitoring system
  • A variety of multi-gas  detector options equipped with a pump/hose that can reach up to ~150 feet
  • Dräger respiratory products, including the PAS® Colt Supplied Air Respirator (SAR). 

1 Fatal occupational injuries involving confined spaces : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Confined Space Risk Assessment and Management

Worker checks gas levels at confined space entryway

The Purpose of a Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are a way to create a comprehensive overview of the dangers at a specific work site so they can be properly evaluated. With a comprehensive risk assessment, measures can be put in place to help prevent, reduce or control dangers; additionally, rescue scenarios can be defined. It’s important to analyze who could be threatened by a specific danger and which methods and personal protective equipment (PPE) will ensure safe entry and exit. A trained, qualified safety professional should develop such a risk assessment.  

Dräger offers safety consulting services from Certified Safety Professionals and Certified Industrial Hygienists to assist with the development of risk assessments and controls.


Dräger Helps Keep You Safe with Reliable Solutions

Confined spaces may be present in any occupation. Recognizing them is the first step in preventing accidents and fatalities. The second step is ensuring you have the proper procedures and safety equipment for CSE. Dräger can help you find the CSE products and solutions you can count on to perform safely, reliably and accurately.

Remote Monitoring with the X-Viz System

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Dräger X-Viz System Overview

The Dräger X-Viz System offers complete safety monitoring. It is designed to meet OSHA requirements for CSE and confined space work by integrating gas detection, video monitoring, alarms, and access control technologies. The X-Viz system uses fewer safety personnel to remotely monitor a greater number of confined spaces. This reduces labor costs, but, more importantly, delegates safety supervision to those most qualified.

Learn more about the X-Viz Remote Monitoring System

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Expert tips on confined space entry

Confined space entry (CSE) is one of the most dangerous activities in many industries. Take a look at our expert tips on working safely in confined spaces.

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Dräger Product Solutions

Confined space entry is a special task in several industries and must be carried out with the highest attention to worker safety. To that end, Dräger offers complete CSE product system solutions with devices and software that interface seamlessly with one another.

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Portable Gas Detectors

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Respiratory Protective Equipment

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Breathing Apparatus (Industrial SCBA)

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7256 S. Sam Houston W Pkwy., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77085