Confined space entry and rescue at Semiconductor Facilities
(Enviro Safetech, Inc.)
Employees who enter confined spaces in the course of their work duties can be exposed to a variety of hazards. These hazards can be quite insidious since they are not always readily apparent or easily detectable. The ability to properly classify confined spaces, and to identify specific, potential hazards, is critical to the protection of employees who enter and work in these environments. This presentation will review the regulatory definitions and criteria of confined spaces and permit required confined spaces, and describe the basic operational requirements for entering and working in confined spaces, including: space evaluation; written programs; equipment; monitoring; use of contractors; permits; rescue operations; and recordkeeping. Examples of confined spaces that are commonly found at semiconductor facilities will also be shown.