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August 3, 2015 (Monticello - Corporate Office)
Monticello, IA – Innovative Ag Services Co. (IAS), focuses on safety every day. This month our safety topic is Confined Spaces. 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 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 a material that 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.
Innovative Ag Services has a safety policy in place that meets OSHA regulations for confined spaces. Employees receive training on the topic of confined spaces when they are initially hired and annually after that. Safety is a top priority at Innovative Ag Services, Co.