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Injury Prevention Resources for Manufacturing

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the manufacturing industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

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Confined Spaces


Confined Spaces: Safe yesterday, deadly today (1 of 3) (video)

video thumbnail Identify the confined spaces in your workplace as a first step in reducing their hazard. (3 min 22 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Confined Spaces: Test to live (2 of 3) (video)

video thumbnail Test the atmosphere before entering a confined space. It can make the difference between life and death. (3 min 38 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Confined Spaces: Rescue - just calling 911 doesn't cut it (3 of 3) (video)

video thumbnail Successful rescue requires proper planning, training, equipment, and practice. (3 min 04 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Confined spaces: deadly spaces (video)

video thumbnail This video is designed for municipal workers and illustrates the basic rules for working in confined spaces. Oxygen deficiency and other potential dangers are covered. In addition, the health effects and physical characteristics of toxic gases including carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, and methane are examined. (12 min 56 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Precious Time - The Cody McNolty story (video)

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This video contains language that may be offensive to some, viewer discretion is advised.
This video documents the story of Cody McNolty, a confined space rescue that goes tragically wrong. It was created to raise awareness among employers and workers about the importance of adequate health and safety training, and safe work procedures for entering confined spaces. (9 min 35 s)

Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Booklets & pamphlets

Hazards of Confined Spaces (PDF 912 KB)
This book describes the main types of hazards found in confined spaces. Confined spaces may contain hazardous atmospheres, including insufficient oxygen, toxic (poisonous) air, or an explosive atmosphere.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Also available in the following languages:

* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Toolbox meeting guides

Confined Spaces Toolbox Meeting Guides
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Visit the confined spaces web pages for more information.

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