OSHA Ventilation in Shipyard Employment

OSHA-3639-04

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ISBN:  978-1-941562-93-2 (9781941562932)

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OSHA Ventilation in Shipyard Employment

This document provides employers with the basic principles of ventilation for use in shipbuilding, ship repair and shipbreaking activities. The document includes methods for the selection, installation and use of ventilation equipment to ensure proper air quality in confined and enclosed spaces. For more information consult OSHA standards 29 CFR Part1915, subpart B; OSHA’s Shipyard eTool (http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/shipyard/ shiprepair/ confinedspace/ ventilation.html); and OSHA Instruction CPL 02-01-051 – 29 CFR Part 1915, subpart B, Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment, May 20, 2011.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction ........ 1
Purpose, Use and Requirements for Ventilation........... 1
Types of Spaces ............. 2
Confined Spaces............ 2
Enclosed Spaces ............... 3
Adjacent Spaces ........... 3
Open Spaces or Areas .............. 3
Necessary Steps to Protect Workers.............. 3
Types of Ventilation.............. 3
Dilution Ventilation ........... 3
Local Exhaust Ventilation................... 4
Ventilation Used in Flammable Atmospheres............... 5
Determining What Type of Ventilation to Use............... 5
Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres.................. 5
Oxygen-Deficient Atmospheres............ 5
Flammable Atmospheres............... 5
Toxic Atmospheres................... 6
Ventilation Ductwork Considerations.................. 6
Other Considerations for Ventilation................... 7
Ventilation Practices — Effective Positioning of Ventilation Equipment...................7
Determining Sufficient Amount of Ventilation.......... 9 
Testing before Entering............... 10 
Ventilation and Air Change Rates...................... 10 
Grounding and Bonding............11
Other Ventilation Requirements.................. 13 
Additional Resources................ 16 
OSHA Regional Offices.............17 
How to Contact OSHA................ 18

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