Dr. Verne R. Brown is president of ENMET Corp. Dr. Brown is a member of numerous safety industry organizations and committees, including ANSI and AIHA confined space committees, as well as an instructor and frequent speaker.
Work history, personal opinion and company policy seem to often lead to practice, procedures or opinions regarding Permit-Required Confined Spaces that are in conflict with the actual content of the OSHA regulation. This simple 20-question quiz will point out some common errors of interpretation.
Many articles have been written on the topic of confined space entry since federal OSHA issued the final rule in 1993. However, few have focused on the ugly â€œback storyâ€ of this topic â€” what alleged violations are cited when major disaster strikes, serious injuries and/or fatalities occur, citations are issued, fines are levied and the matter heads for the courtroom.