Utilizing Technology: Efficiently Managing Confined Space Hazards

Last month, our Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Timothy Long, traveled to a conference in Austin to deliver a presentation on utilizing advancing technology, specifically focused on confined space hazards throughout turnarounds. 

Advances in multiple areas of technology are being applied to drive continuous improvement in key areas of turnaround activity including safety, turnaround management and materials management. Specifics surrounding these technological advances are as below:

Safety

  • Confined space entry monitoring
  • Mustering and accountability
  • Behavior-based safety tools
  • Job safety assessments
  • Permitting
  • Lock-out Tag-out

Turnaround Management

  • Work, cost and schedule metrics
  • People, location and productivity
  • Communication and distribution of work packages

Materials Management

  • Receipt to issuing turnaround materials
  • Consignment, free issue and tool trailers
  • Personal protective equipment and safety rentals

While the thriving technology mentioned above is greatly beneficial to our industry, we want to dive in deeper to understand the criticality of efficiently managing confined spaces during turnarounds. When looking at confined space entry monitoring, it’s critical to examine the OSHA Standard 1910.146 Governs Permit Required Confined Spaces. The basic principles of this standard include maintaining an entrance and exit log, and evacuating the space in the event of an emergency.  

With the innovative technology we have access to today, there are numerous approaches to take to efficiently meet the required OSHA standards and basic principles. As an alternative, one could replace a human confined space attendant with a technology-enabled solution, as well as integrating multiple sensors with software to meet the OSHA standards fully. Further, multiple confined spaces can be monitored from a remote location while confined space attendants monitor multiple spaces simultaneously. 

When working to implement strategies to effectively meet OSHA standards, some tactics to consider include determining how entrants can view gas detection reading prior to entry as well as on a continuous basis, ensuring project design integrates communication with rescue services and prevention of unauthorized attempts to rescue, and considering the overall staffing plan to include supervision ensuring roles and responsibilities of attendants are clearly understood. 

Next month we will continue discussing the market adoption of remote confined space technology. To learn more about Onpoint contact us at (713) 947-0721.

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