Workers in the oil and gas industry are often required to enter confined spaces such as petroleum storage tanks, reserve pits, mud pits, sand storage containers, underground sewage collectors, and other excavated spaces. As the confined space hazard is a reality in the oil and gas industry, a set of best practices and regulations have evolved owing to the associated risks.
Some common safety hazards in confined spaces include,
- Flammable or Explosive Atmosphere
- Excessive Heat
- Oxygen Deficiency
- Toxic Atmosphere
- Liquid or Solids
- Slips, Trips and Falls
In this paper, we delve into why it is critical to proactively manage risks related to confined spaces. And why a Permit to Work solution with integrated Training Management is crucial.