OSHA for additional guidance on how to handle work
in the spaces speci;c to our industry. If that effort bears
fruit at all, it will be a slow process. In the meantime,
educate yourself and your employees on the risks
associated with work in all types of con;ned spaces.
Irresponsible behavior in permit-required spaces can and
likely will lead to an unnecessary workplace fatality.
Art Sodermark is the president of Platinum Engineering
& Safety ( www.platinumengineers.com), a provider of
safety training and consulting for distributors, contractors,
manufacturers and other organizations. He is a Certi;ed
Environmental Trainer, an American Safety & Health
Institute Certi;ed Trainer and a member of the American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He also is a member
of the PEI Safety Committee. Art holds a B.S. in safety
engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering.
He can be reached at email@example.com or
If your average worker can’t get in, is it a confined
space, a permit-required confined space or something
taken lightly. Seek additional professional advice for the
speci;c situations you face in your business—both in
how you do the work and in how you structure your
written safety plan.
During its most recent meeting, the PEI Safety
Committee discussed the possibility of approaching
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