Hough K.,Champion Painting Specialty Corporation |
Hough D.,Champion Painting Specialty Corporation
Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings | Year: 2013
Safety at any cost is frequently trumpeted by safety managers throughout the coatings industry. Ideally, every project would have unlimited funds to either ventilate, air condition, and otherwise assure worker safety in any working environment, regardless of size, or replace the structure if it could not be made completely safe and comfortable. Venting explosive vapors of an enclosed space, using explosion-proof lighting and constant monitoring of Lower Explosive Limits (LEL) all become moot if they are vented into the workspace of the welder replacing pipe sections on the outside of the tank. The first step to safely conducting work in a confined space is to evaluate the site and identify hazards. It is impressive that the evaluator not only identify hazards within the scope of the coating work, but also evaluate hazards presented by other trades that will be conducting work in or near the PRCS at the same time as the painting contractor.