The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has announced its Washington Roundtable will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA, on August 21, 2012, where experts will gather to discuss safety in confined spaces.
Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will meet with other safety experts and ISEA President Dan Shipp. Mr. Shipp will moderate the discussion and ask questions on confined space safety. ISEA chose confined spaces because protecting workers who enter these potentially hazardous spaces is among the hardest and most complex safety challenges.
"Confined work spaces are everywhere, found in industries ranging from shipbuilding to winemaking," ISEA said in statement. "They exist below ground in utility systems and mines, and high above in wind-turbine nacelles. Many types of PPE and other forms of safety equipment may be required."
Confined spaces also include underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines. These areas often make work difficult and can restrict employee activity. Safety products must be worn in these areas, which may include hard hats, respiratory protection, and confined space equipment.