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OSHA Confined Spaces of Atmospheric Testing

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You are the safety professional at a small chemical processing plant and have responsibility for the confined space program. The confined spaces at the site include several large aboveground storage tanks that hold petroleum distillates like xylene and toluene. Discuss the type of direct reading instrument that you would need to use as part of an OSHA compliant confined space atmospheric testing program (29 CFR 1910.146).

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As the safety professional it is my responsibility to ensure safety and well being of workers in the processing plant. There are confined spaces at site which there are aboveground storage tanks that hold petroleum distillates like xylene and toluene. Under OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.146, the workplace needs to put in place special measures to comply with the standard.

In the confined space, the atmosphere must be tested using equipment that is specially designed to detect chemicals which may be present at levels which are below the defined exposure limits. The evaluation testing is important as it helps to ...

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This response provides details of an atmospheric testing in closed spaces.

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