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SSPC Confined Space Fact Sheet

Quick Overview

The CSB recommended that SSPC issue guidance addressing the hazards and
controls for using hazardous materials in confined spaces. This SSPC
Fact Sheet is meant to respond to CSBs request and serve as additional
guidance. It is not meant to replace a safety plan as described in
SSPCGuide 17: Guide to Developing a Corporate Safety Program for
Industrial Painting and Coating Contractors nor is it to be used in
place of relevant government regulations.

SSPC assumes no responsibility for the interpretation of this Fact Sheet.


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Introduction. SSPC has always been committed to fostering industry
safety through its training programs and standards development in
addition to requiring safety plans of its certified contractors. This
fact sheet has been developed in response to the Chemical Safety Boards
(CSB) Final Report on the Xcel Energy Hydroelectric Plant Penstock Fire
in Georgetown, Colorado, on October 2, 2007, which left five workers
dead and three injured. The CSB report reviews key factors to consider
when working with flammable materials in confined spaces.


To receive a copy of the CSB report and the watch the video simulation
of the Georgetown accident, visit http://www.csb.gov.