What is confined space?

Many workplaces contain areas that are considered "confined spaces" because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.

OSHA uses the term "permit-required confined space" (permit space) to describe a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains a material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.

How can FCS safely solve confined space cleaning needs?

Whatever confined space you need cleaned, we have a solution.  One of the biggest advantages to contracting out your silo and confined space cleaning is safety.  Safety training and certifications for confined space cleaning are important and not easily attained.  Our confined space team members have the following certifications:

  • Confined Space 1 and 2
  • Confined Space Entrant Certification
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • CPR Certification
  • EMT Certification
  • High Angle Rescue Certification

In addition to highly trained team members, our equipment is approved for confined space use.  This includes explosion proof lighting, explosion proof vacuums, respirators, tripods, repelling systems, etc.  A safety supervisor will remain on site to oversee all work and to ensure that all jobs are performed safely and efficiently.  We can provide detailed work reports for your auditing purposes, including pictures and video.