SHERMAN OAKS - The California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) teamed up this week with the Los Angeles Fire Department to educate employers and employees on the dangers of working in confined spaces.
Confined spaces are enclosed spaces that can be entered by workers, but have limited openings for entry or exit, and are not designed for continuous worker occupancy. Common examples include tanks, silos, pipelines, sewers, storage bins, drain tunnels and vaults.
Cal/OSHA's comprehensive program and partnership with the LAFD was sparked by seven preventable confined space deaths and numerous injuries across California in 2011 – including a multi-patient incident at a Los Angeles pharmaceutical firm.
To learn more about confined space hazards and steps you can take to prevent needless workplace tragedy, visit:
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department