Posted: 14 Oct '14

What Are the Dangers of Confined Space Entry? Edmonton’s MI Safety Explains All You Need to Know

If a confined space is not properly locked out, it can result in dire consequences such as serious injury or death to the individuals working within it. MI Safety was established in 2003 when the founder, Robin Postnikoff, observed that many rescue and first aid certification courses lacked the right combination of textbook education and hands-on training to properly prepare students for real world situations. A dangerous confined space can be characterized by a number of elements. In general, it is either the work environment or the activities being performed within the environment that may create a potential hazard.

What Kind of Hazards Can Occur in a Confined Space?

When performing a confined space entry, Edmonton students should review the actual area in itself to ensure that it is not too small, cramped, dark, cold, or hot. In addition, depending on which industry you are working in, the space can contain many moving parts including mixers, chains, gear, and drive shafts. These instruments should all be locked out; otherwise they could seriously injure or kill workers.

Additionally, sometimes a building’s pipes contain dangerous substances which are even more detrimental in a smaller space. Harmful substances can displace oxygen, consume oxygen, or cause toxicity within the human body.

Other times, activities performed by workers can also cause potentially fatal problems. Grinding, chipping, and hammering can produce sparks that can start an explosion in a tight place if the atmosphere is flammable.

These are just some of the dangers that can occur from confined space entry. Edmonton workers need to be alert at all times in order to notice potential hazards and how to deal with them if anything ever happens. To learn more visit the MI Safety website at:

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