The atmosphere within a confined space is subject to evaluation testing to determine the chemical hazards that are or may become present in the space’s atmosphere, and to identify the steps required to ensure that atmospheric conditions are safe for a worker to enter the space.
The OSHA Training Center is offering a series of courses focusing on the hazards associated with confined spaces in the workplace to help employers and workers recognize and prevent confined space hazards but also to provide an overview of OSHA’s Permit-Required Confined Space Standard for general industry employers.
The potential cost to organizations in workers’ compensation claims, lost production time and OSHA fines for noncompliance makes safety training a practical return on investment.
When a staffing agency supplies temporary workers to a business, the staffing agency and the host employer are both responsible to some degree for determining the conditions of employment and for complying with the law.
Employers that use hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, to implement a written hazard communication program.