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Choosing a path in the arts

It's a bit of a myth that great artists are born great. Great artists need support and development by great teachers. I am really passionate about arts education, as I think it can be too easy for people to just look at the end result and forget all of the practise and training that goes into producing a great artist. This blog is all about demystifying arts education and showing how anyone can become a better artist. It will be useful for budding artists, but also for teachers and parents looking to inspire teenagers into further art education to improve their skills.

Choosing a path in the arts

Five Tips to Make Working in Confined Spaces Safer

by Dylan Olson

A confined space is an area such as a crawl space or an attic. Working in these places can be dangerous for a number of reasons including limited exits or the presence of flammable gasses or material. Luckily, by keeping the right safety tips in mind, you can stay safe in these areas. 

1. Check the oxygen levels. 

To ensure you can breathe in the space, check the oxygen levels before you start working in there. You can check oxygen levels with a small handheld gas monitor. If there are any gas lines running through the enclosed space, check them for leaks to ensure the air is breathable. 

2. Ventilate the confined space.

Even if oxygen levels are high, you need to ensure they stay that way. To help, ventilate the space in which you are working. If it is an attic, make sure that the vents are open and not covered by insulation or other materials. Similarly, in a crawl space, try to put a fan facing backward near the entrance so that it can pull air out of the space, thus ventilating it.

3. Plan an exit path. 

Another risk of confined spaces is that you can get caught in them, making it hard to exit. In most cases, they have only one entrance and because the space is small, it can be hard to turn around to maneuver out. Whether there are one or more exits, make sure that you plan how you are going to get out of the confined space quickly in the event of an emergency. Ideally, the exist should be kept in mind, and if possible, you should work in a position that supports getting out quickly.  

4. Work with a partner.

Even if you have taken all of the safety precautions, there is still a chance that you may get stuck in the confined space or that you may inhale chemicals you didn't realize were present and become ill. To reduce both of these risks and others, work with a partner. Ideally, someone should be outside the confined space, ready to help as needed. 

5. Enroll in confined space training. 

If you work in confined spaces regularly, doing contracting work, HVAC installation or anything else, you should take confined spaces training. This ensures that you have the most up-to-date training on all of the key issues to protect you and the rest of your team. To learn more, contact a training centre today.