The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) regulations, Section 1910

The interior of many dyeing/drying machines should be classified as "PERMIT REQUIRED CONFINED SPACE."  This means that you are required to properly protect workers from entering without the proper training, equipment and procedures.  This article cannot properly cover all of the aspects of OSHA 1910, therefore if your company does not already have a confined space program, we urge you to implement one as soon as possible or you could risk significant fines if found to be non-compliant.

Typically, when entering a vessel such as a dyeing machine, you must:

bulletFill out an entry permit
bulletLock out / tag out all energy sources
bulletTest the air in the confined space for oxygen level and hazardous gas level
bulletAssign a supervisor to remain outside and monitor the activities and air quality during confined space entry
bulletEquip workers with safety rescue equipment and train them how to use it
bulletProvide ventilation within the confined workspace
bulletConfirm that rescue services are readily available (medical and firefighter)

Additional regulations apply if performing "hot" work such as welding.  More information can be found at the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.



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