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The addition to OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926 was designed to protect employees engaged in construction activities at work sites with one or more confined spaces.
A confined space is not designed for human occupancy. It has limited means of entering or exiting and can have a potentially hazardous atmosphere. Confined spaces may be poorly ventilated and, as a result, lack adequate oxygen or contain dangerous levels of toxic gases.
Before standard 29 CFR 1926, OSHA’s confined space regulations only applied to general industry. A gap grew obvious when the department of labor statistics reported most confined space fatalities were occurring during construction activities.
The new standard is very similar to the previous one, but applies directly to work in construction. It requires a permit to enter, pre-entry testing and continuous monitoring while inside the confined space.
While this new standard closes the gap in construction work, it leaves out one important component: maintenance.
I know, I know. I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’d like to think of it as a summer vacation, but it really wasn’t. But enough about me…
Over the summer, TSI introduced its new DustTrak which has been specifically redesigned for long-term outdoor environmental monitoring. While throwing the desktop version into a Pelican case or the other environmental enclosure works fine for short-term projects, the newer version is more rugged and designed specifically for long-term outdoor use.
Sand. Silica dust. Get it? Ok, that was lame…
Anyway, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this continues to be an area of concern. In the most recent issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a new report finds that more should be done to reduce workers from exposure to silica dust. Researchers call for stronger regulations, increased awareness and prevention, and greater attention to early detection of silicosis and lung cancer using low-dose CT scanning.
The article on the NIH website states: