Safety seminars this month covered fall protection and confined space—two of the major concerns facing crews in the construction and building industries. At the headquarters of the Building Contractors Association and the Construction Industry Council in Tarrytown, NY, Senior Safety Professional Joseph DallVechia, right, of United Safety Consulting, Inc., advised the 25 attendees at the seminar, “OSHA Updated Regulations for Confined Spaces in Construction (Subpart AA of 1926) was long in coming and now is quick to be enforced.”
TARRYTOWN, NY—With the start of the new year, January is traditionally the time to educate and re-familiarize employees with safety standards and regulations for the upcoming construction season. Matt Pepe, executive director of the Building Contractors Association, organized a program this month that presented updates on fall protection and confined space — two of the major concerns facing crews in the construction and building industries.
The topic of confined space was front and center at a seminar on Fri., Jan. 15, at the headquarters of the BCA and Construction Industry Council here. Noted Senior Safety Profession Joseph DallVechia , who led the seminar, said, “OSHA updated regulations for Confined Spaces in Construction (Subpart AA of 1926) was long in coming and now is quick to be enforced. The recent standard expands upon the General Industry Permit Required Confined Space Standard 1910.146 that it replaced. It has additional requirements for compliance for construction activities (involving confined spaces) with the exception of residential construction.”
He added, “Going into effect in October 2015, the new regulations define confined space as that which is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work. It also means it has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, such as tanks, vessels, silos, pits, vaults and hoppers. And also, that it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. “
He also covered the areas of “Permit-Required Confined Space,” which contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere or contains material that has potential for engulfing a person (entrant) in that space. Also covered were spaces where an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward or tapers to a smaller cross-section.
“These are spaces that contain any other serious safety or health hazards,” he added.
For a full report on the safety seminars offered by the BCA and CIC, please contact Mr. Pepe at (914) 631-6070, or firstname.lastname@example.org.