Alaska Confined Spaces laws & safety compliance analysis

Alaska Confined Spaces: What you need to know

Alaska has adopted the federal workplace safety and health rules for confined spaces in general industry workplaces by reference, and has adopted additional provisions that are stricter than federal rules for double block and bleed systems, attendant duties during confined space entries, and an additional definition for calibrated direct-reading instrument (8 AAC 61.1050).

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The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development/Occupational Safety and Health Section (AKOSH) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for private and public sector workplaces in the state.

DOUBLE BLOCK AND BLEED SYSTEMS
8 AAC 61.1050

Employers must use double block and bleed systems to isolate sections of piping before work is performed. When temperatures drop below freezing, product in the piping may freeze, preventing the contents from draining properly. Since subfreezing temperatures are common in Alaska, the use of this lockout/tagout technique as a means of isolation is prohibited when the ambient air temperature at the point of isolation or the temperature of the product in the line at the point of isolation is at or below 32oFarenheit (0oCelsius).

ATTENDANTS
8 AAC 61.1050

Alaska requires that attendants may not be assigned to monitor more than one permit space at a time.

SAMPLING INSTRUMENT
8 AAC 61.1050

Alaska provides a supplemental definition for calibrated direct-reading instrument, which is defined as "a sampling instrument in which analysis takes place within the instrument such that sampling information can be read directly from a dial or display that has been checked for accuracy against a standard of known specifications and adjusted, if necessary, according to ...


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