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Safety and Health in Confined Spaces

1st Edition

By Neil McManus

CRC Press

928 pages

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Safety and Health in Confined Spaces goes beyond all other resources currently available. International in scope, the 15 chapters and 10 appendices cover every facet of this important subject. A significant addition to the literature, this book provides a confined space focus to other health and safety concepts.

Confined spaces differ from other workspaces because their boundary surfaces amplify the consequences of hazardous conditions. The relationship between the individual, the boundary surface, and the hazardous condition is the critical factor in the onset, outcome, and severity of accidents in these workspaces.

The author uses information about causative and other factors from analysis of fatal accidents to develop a hazard assessment and hazard management system. He provides a detailed, disciplined protocol, covering 36 hazardous conditions, that addresses all segments of work--the undisturbed space, entry preparation, work activity, and emergency preparedness and response--and illustrates how to use it. Safety and Health in Confined Spaces gives you the tools you need for preventing and responding to accidents.


"This book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand the highly technical and academic foundations of confined space issues."-John Rekus, Bestselling author of CRC Press/Lewis Publishers' Complete Confined Spaces Handbook

"…McManus makes a great effort to broaden the definition of a confined space and provide the reader with the tools to evaluate work environments and make appropriate decisions…Ample references are provided to allow the reader to research various ventilation and air flow models… McManus' background in training shows in the detail and range of training approaches… provides readers at all levels of preparation with the tools to produce effective and efficient training programs…the ideal reference for any professional with the responsibility for the health and safety of workers who enter confined spaces."-Jim Unmack, Consultant with International Environmental Business Management

Table of Contents

Atmospheric Hazards and Fatal Accidents in Confined Spaces

Nonatmospheric Hazards and Fatal Accidents in Confined Spaces

Toxic and Asphyxiating Hazards in Confined Spaces

Ignitable and Explosive Atmospheric Hazards

Atmospheric Confinement: The Role of Boundary Surfaces

Nonatmospheric Hazardous for Confined Spaces

Preentry Planning, Hazardous Assessment, and Hazard Management

Logistical Considerations for Work Involving Confined Spaces

Instrumentation and Testing

Ventilation for Work in Confined Spaces

Respiratory and Other Personal Protective Equipment


Medical Aspects of Work Involving Confined Spaces

Emergency Preparedness and Response


Standards, Guidelines, and Regulations

The Qualified Person

Standards for Oxygen Deficiency and Enrichment

Ingnitability Limits

Model of Confined Space Program

Guided Questions for Identifying and Assessing Hazardous Conditions

Deactivation, De-energization, Isolation, and Lockout

Hazard Reduction for Work Involving Confined Spaces

Standards, Guidelines, and Legislation Affecting Ventilation of Confined Spaces

Portable Ventilation Systems


About the Author

McManus\, Neil

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety