Des Plaines, IL — In an attempt to reduce confined space injuries and provide more secure rescue operations, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the American National Standard Z117.1-2003 Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces.
The newly revised standard establishes the minimum safety requirements for confined space operations, which include personal protection equipment, safeguarding, confined space permits, and emergency response plans.
The Z117.1-2003 standard, which is a revision of the 1995 standard, includes up-to-date definitions and information regarding identification, evaluation, emergency response and rescue, permit and non-permit requirements, atmospheric testing, isolation and decontamination, lockout/tagout, warning sign requirements, and personal protective equipment. The standard also includes an appendix providing sample permits, surveys, and evaluations.
According to Z117 committee chair Edward Grund, confined spaces continue to be a significant cause of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the U.S. and the Z117.1 standard will provide guidelines to help reduce these accidents. In particular, the standard provides the minimum safety requirements to be followed when entering, exiting, and working in a confined space at normal atmospheric pressure.
For more information, visit www.asse.org.