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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Confined Space Entry Checklist

Working in the confined space is always risky and full of hazards. here are some of the key points that will help you to prepare the a checklist for the confined space entry:

  1. Are confined spaces completely emptied of any hazardous substances & materials, such as acids, asbestos prior entry?
  2. Are all energizer/power supply lines to a confined space, having, highly toxic, flammable, or corrosive materials and or materials cut off, isolated, disconnected before entry?
  3. Are all rotating component, parts, and equipment (impellers) inside confined spaces locked-out if they present a serious hazard to operators/technicians?
  4. Is either natural or mechanical ventilation & exhaust system is provided and or installed before confined space entry?
  5. Are essential atmospheric tests conducted to know oxygen deficiency, toxic substances, chemicals and explosive concentrations in the confined space prior entry?
  6. Is enough required illumination provided for the work activity/task to be performed in the confined space?
  7. Is the atmosphere inside the confined space regularly tested & monitored during the work? 
  8. Is there a responsible appointed HSE standby personal outside of the confined space when needed, whose core responsibility is to continuously watch and monitor the work in progress, sound an alarm if required, and provide assistance?
  9. Is the standby employee competent and experienced and well trained and equipped to handle any emergency?
  10. Are the standby personal or other employees restricted from entering the confined space without proper and essential recommended PPE’s such as lifelines and respiratory equipment if there is any emergency exist?
  11. Is approved (from national and international governing bodies, or Government intuitions) respiratory equipment needed if the atmosphere inside the confined space cannot be made acceptable for work?
  12. Is all Portable Electrical Equipment (PEE), machinery, devices used inside confined spaces either grounded and insulated, or equipped with Ground-fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)?
  13. Prior any hot work activity is started in a confined space, are hoses inspected, checked and tested for any leaks, compressed gas bottles forbidden inside of the confined space, lights always keep outside of the confined area and the confined area tested for an explosive atmosphere each time before a lighted torch is to be taken into the confined space?
  14. If workforce using Oxygen Consuming Equipment (OCE) eg, lights or other heating system in a confined space, is sufficient air provided to assure combustion without reducing the oxygen concentration of the atmosphere below 19.5 per cent by volume as per required standards?
  15. While combustion-type equipment is used in a confined space, always make sure the exhaust gases are vented outside of the confined space?
  16. Is each confined space inspected, and appropriately observed for decaying vegetation or animal waste which may produce methane?
  17. Is the confined space examined for possible industrial waste which could contain highly toxic and flammable properties?
  18. If the confined space is underground and near areas where gasoline fuel consumer vehicles will be operating, is it possible for vehicle exhaust or carbon monoxide to enter the space?
  19. Is confined space Entrants technicians/workers wearing proper PPE’s (for example hardhats, boots, etc.)?
  20. Do you know the location of the nearest operation center/emergency phone numbers? 

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