March 16

EHS Network: Confined Space

When: Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:30 am – 10 am

Where: The Media Room at The Council of Industry office, The Desmond Campus of MSMC, Newburgh, NY

Cost: None for members

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The Environment Health and Safety Network will meet for a presentation by Ed Jerome on Confined Spaces. 

Many workplaces contain areas that are considered "confined spaces" because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.

OSHA uses the term "permit-required confined space" (permit space) to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress. 

Ed will discuss specific OSHA standards for General Industry and provide references that may aid in recognizing and evaluating hazards and possible solutions related to confined spaces.
Ed Jerome, CIH, CSC, joined retired from US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington, DC. where he served as Chief of Safety, Health and Emergency Management. He brings with him more than 35 years experience in the occupational safety and health profession. Ed also has extensive experience with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Over his 33 year career at OSHA, he worked in management and technical positions including as Area Director for OSHA’s Albany Area Office. Ed is a certified industrial hygienist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health Science from Hunter College, City University of New York. Ed holds professional memberships in AIHA and ASSE.

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