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Resources - Confined Space Hazards in Different Industries

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The following links list publications and other resources to help with confined space issues. 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.

Agriculture

For information and resources on confined spaces in agriculture, see the Centre of Excellence for Confined Spaces in Agriculture

Shipping and shipbuilding

Hazards of Confined Spaces for Shipping and Transportation Industries (PDF 641 KB)space
"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. Examples of confined spaces in the shipping and transportation industries are: ballast tanks, boilers, double hulls, holds of boats, pumping stations, storage bins, utility vaults, pits, sumps, storage tanks, fuel tanks, tank cars, and tank trucks."
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Shipyard Industry (PDF 562 KB)  space
"This booklet contains all the safety and health standards specific to the Shipyard Industry contained in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1915, as of July 1, 1994."
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Safety and Health in Confined Spaces
"Safety and Health in Confined Spaces goes beyond all other resources currently available. International in scope, the 15 chapters and 10 appendices cover every facet of this important subject. A significant addition to the literature, this book provides a confined space focus to other health and safety concepts."
Source: Neil McManus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1999
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

Complete Confined Spaces Handbook  space
"This handbook provides plant managers, supervisors, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists with recommended procedures and guidance for safe entry into confined spaces."
Source: John Rekus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1994
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

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Manufacturing

Safety and Health in Confined Spaces
"Safety and Health in Confined Spaces goes beyond all other resources currently available. International in scope, the 15 chapters and 10 appendices cover every facet of this important subject. A significant addition to the literature, this book provides a confined space focus to other health and safety concepts."
Source: Neil McManus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1999
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

Complete Confined Spaces Handbook  space
"This handbook provides plant managers, supervisors, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists with recommended procedures and guidance for safe entry into confined spaces."
Source: John Rekus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1994
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

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Food and beverage

Hazards of Confined Spaces for Food and Beverage Industries (PDF 558 KB)space
"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. Examples of confined spaces in the food and beverage industry include: storage tanks and bins, vats, utility vaults, pits, sumps, fuel tanks, grape presses and crushers, and fermentation tanks and vessels."
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Safety and Health in Confined Spaces
"Safety and Health in Confined Spaces goes beyond all other resources currently available. International in scope, the 15 chapters and 10 appendices cover every facet of this important subject. A significant addition to the literature, this book provides a confined space focus to other health and safety concepts."
Source: Neil McManus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1999
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

Complete Confined Spaces Handbook  space
"This handbook provides plant managers, supervisors, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists with recommended procedures and guidance for safe entry into confined spaces."
Source: John Rekus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1994
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

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Municipalities and construction

Hazards of Confined Spaces for Municipalities and the Construction Industry (PDF 588 KB)space
"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. Examples of confined spaces that workers in the municipalities and the construction industry may encounter are: electrical, valve, utility, meter, and motor vaults, boilers, water tanks, reservoirs, pumping stations, storage bins, pits, sumps, storage tanks, manholes, grit and sludge presses, and wet wells."
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Confined Spaces: Deadly spaces  (Video)space
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

Sewer entry guidelines (PDF 67 KB)  space
"This Safety Bulletin is designed to help supervisors, employers, contractors and workers understand their responsibilities for health and safety in sewer operations, including the entry of confined spaces such as manholes, vaults and lift stations."
Source: Alberta Human Services OHS

Safety and Health in Confined Spaces
"Safety and Health in Confined Spaces goes beyond all other resources currently available. International in scope, the 15 chapters and 10 appendices cover every facet of this important subject. A significant addition to the literature, this book provides a confined space focus to other health and safety concepts."
Source: Neil McManus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1999
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

Complete Confined Spaces Handbook  space
"This handbook provides plant managers, supervisors, safety professionals, and industrial hygienists with recommended procedures and guidance for safe entry into confined spaces."
Source: John Rekus, Lewis Publishers, Copyright 1994
* Available for purchase through Amazon.ca.

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