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Confined space solutions

Get the know-how to navigate job sites with confined spaces.

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From potentially toxic atmospheres, to physically hazardous conditions such as extreme temperatures, unstable materials, or the potential for falls, confined spaces often present unseen challenges.

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Confined spaces. Unique challenges.

No two confined spaces are exactly alike. Type, size and hazards vary greatly, along with different standards, regulations and company policies that can apply to each working environment.

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    Common types of confined spaces

    Safely handling entries and exits starts with identifying your work spaces:

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    Storage tanks
    Elevator shafts
    Trench boxes
    Utility vaults


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    Where they are found

    Working safely in confined spaces is universal, but different industries present their own challenges:

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    Pharmaceutical manufacturing
    Chemical manufacturing
    Food and beverage manufacturing
    Oil and gas
    Waste water treatment

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    Hazards workers face

    Each year, an average of 100 deaths occur within confined spaces in Canada alone:

    Physical Hazards (50% of deaths):

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    Atmospheric Hazards (60% of deaths):

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    Oxygen deficiency
    Toxic chemicals
    Combustible dust


    (Source: rocorescue.com)

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Confined spaces resources

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Confined space solutions

3M offers a wide range of products and training solutions for confined space entry. 

  • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Rollgliss™ Rescue and Descent Device R550

    3M™ DBI- SALA® Rollgliss™ Rescue and Descent Device R550 offers the choice of controlled descent rescue, evacuation or the versatility of assisted rescue with lifting capabilities. This state-of-the-art, fully automatic controlled descent device can be used for rescue and evacuation.

  • 3M™ Scott™ Ska-Pak AT with full body harness

    The Ska-Pak AT is our most advanced supplied-air respirator with the added benefit of a patented, automatic, hands-free air transfer capability. Available with either a padded nylon or padded kevlar harness, or an integrated full-body harness for fall protection.

  • 3M™ PELTOR™ WS™ LiteCom PRO III Headset - Headband

    Hearing protector with built-in analog and digital programmable two-way communication radio, level-dependent hearing protection, Bluetooth® functionality and a jack to connect to external devices.

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    Confined Space I

    Confined Spaces Level 1


    This one-day course addresses basic principles and concepts of confined space safety and the roles of the attendant and entrant in the process. 

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    Confined Space II

    Confined Spaces Level 2



    This two-day course covers various aspects of an on-site confined space program. Participants will learn principles required to safely identify, assess, monitor, and/or enter the confined spaces they may encounter on their job site. 

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    Rescue I

    Confined Spaces Rescue Level 1



    This one-day course addresses basic principles and concepts of confined space entry rescue for standard confined space locations. 

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    Rescue II

    Confined Spaces Rescue Level 2



    This two-day course addresses principles and concepts of confined space entry rescue for standard and complex confined space locations.

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Every confined space is different. Let a confined space specialist from 3M help you tailor a solution that offers the safety, compliance, reliability and efficient cost-of-ownership you need. A great way to learn what you need is through an in-person site visit.

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