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Safety and Health in Confined Spaces Hardcover – Nov 23 1998

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  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (Nov. 23 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418908061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781714938
  • ASIN: 1566703263
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 18.7 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand the highly technical and academic foundations of confined space issues.-John Rekus, Bestselling author of CRC Press/Lewis Publishers' Complete Confined Spaces Handbook

...McManus makes a great effort to broaden the definition of a confined space and provide the reader with the tools to evaluate work environments and make appropriate decisions...Ample references are provided to allow the reader to research various ventilation and air flow models... McManus' background in training shows in the detail and range of training approaches... provides readers at all levels of preparation with the tools to produce effective and efficient training programs...the ideal reference for any professional with the responsibility for the health and safety of workers who enter confined spaces.-Jim Unmack, Consultant with International Environmental Business Management

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Confined spaces represent an often-unrecognized source of potentially serious injuries in workplaces throughout the world. The mere fact that a work area is restricted in some fashion (difficult entry, small volume or filled with obstacles) can turn a more commonplace event, such as a slip, trip or fall, into a serious injury or fatality. In a confined space, even the atmosphere can be deadly to workers.
Although many countries have recently developed or updated health and safety regulations and the general recognition of the hazards of these spaces has improved, over the years, very few good references have been published on the subject. "Safety and Health in Confined Spaces" is one of these. Mr. McManus has obviously put a tremendous amount of time and effort into a book which, although targeted more towards professional Industrial Hygienists than laypersons, still provides a valuable reference to anyone managing or developing confined space programs.
The first few chapters of the book describe some of the typical (as well as atypical) hazards that workers might encounter in confined spaces, including toxic, flammable and explosive atmospheres, engulfment, entrapment and confined energy (i.e.: mechanical and electrical systems and radiation). Later topics include the use of atmospheric testing devices, personal protective equipment, ventilation requirements and emergency rescue. The addition of good photographs of testing and communications equipment, as well as lockout devices and ventilation fans, is a plus.
Both Mr. McManus and myself agree that there is a need for more professional practice in this aspect of our industry.
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If you are a safety and health professional this book should be part of your library and toolkit. This is an original work and not just a re-statement of the OSHA regulations with a fancy title and cover as so many EHS books are. I found the book a most useful tool on how to approach an overall health and safety program, with entry into confined spaces only a subset of that program. Readers will find the techniques, recommendations, materials, and the way of thinking equally valuable for situations outside of confined spaces as inside such work places. Readers will find the approach of the author is one of colleague sharing information ("This is the way I approached this problem, and here is what I found out.") rather than a typical listing of possible solutions culled from other sources. Chapter 8 is partuclarly valuable in that Mr. McManus takes you through his original approach to hazard assessment, and, although applicable to just about any situation faced by the EHS professional, is an excellent and comprehensive way to logically tackle the high hazard challenges of confined space entry. Chapter 5 on aspects of using a 'boundary surface' as an approach to dealing with atmospheric hazards in confined spaces is a good example of how Mr. McManus has broken out of the traditional and typical way of thinking about this topic; this is one example of real advantage of this book in that he presents a different and fresh way to approach many aspects of safety and health challenges. There are also numerous anecdotes presented that I have used in my training in confined space entry work (e.g., the dead rodent in the vault that was suspected of causing an oxygen deficiency down to 5% O2). After having used this book for some time, I find that I reach for this book first on just about any subject as I usually find something about everything there. Robert Moats, PE, CIH, CSP
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I could type a great deal about this book, but if you are reading this I can only say that this is required reading and a mandatory reference book for any safety professional or hygienist.
Great coverage on the subject!
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In all seriousness, this book is approx. 877 pages of technical information... ask me in 6 months this question when I can actually digest the read. Have a good and safe day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Safety and Health ++++++ Nov. 15 2000
By Robert Moats - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a safety and health professional this book should be part of your library and toolkit. This is an original work and not just a re-statement of the OSHA regulations with a fancy title and cover as so many EHS books are. I found the book a most useful tool on how to approach an overall health and safety program, with entry into confined spaces only a subset of that program. Readers will find the techniques, recommendations, materials, and the way of thinking equally valuable for situations outside of confined spaces as inside such work places. Readers will find the approach of the author is one of colleague sharing information ("This is the way I approached this problem, and here is what I found out.") rather than a typical listing of possible solutions culled from other sources. Chapter 8 is partuclarly valuable in that Mr. McManus takes you through his original approach to hazard assessment, and, although applicable to just about any situation faced by the EHS professional, is an excellent and comprehensive way to logically tackle the high hazard challenges of confined space entry. Chapter 5 on aspects of using a 'boundary surface' as an approach to dealing with atmospheric hazards in confined spaces is a good example of how Mr. McManus has broken out of the traditional and typical way of thinking about this topic; this is one example of real advantage of this book in that he presents a different and fresh way to approach many aspects of safety and health challenges. There are also numerous anecdotes presented that I have used in my training in confined space entry work (e.g., the dead rodent in the vault that was suspected of causing an oxygen deficiency down to 5% O2). After having used this book for some time, I find that I reach for this book first on just about any subject as I usually find something about everything there. Robert Moats, PE, CIH, CSP
5.0 out of 5 stars Safety and Health in Confined Spaces July 2 2000
By Geoff Clark, M.Sc., CIH, ROH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Confined spaces represent an often-unrecognized source of potentially serious injuries in workplaces throughout the world. The mere fact that a work area is restricted in some fashion (difficult entry, small volume or filled with obstacles) can turn a more commonplace event, such as a slip, trip or fall, into a serious injury or fatality. In a confined space, even the atmosphere can be deadly to workers.
Although many countries have recently developed or updated health and safety regulations and the general recognition of the hazards of these spaces has improved, over the years, very few good references have been published on the subject. "Safety and Health in Confined Spaces" is one of these. Mr. McManus has obviously put a tremendous amount of time and effort into a book which, although targeted more towards professional Industrial Hygienists than laypersons, still provides a valuable reference to anyone managing or developing confined space programs.
The first few chapters of the book describe some of the typical (as well as atypical) hazards that workers might encounter in confined spaces, including toxic, flammable and explosive atmospheres, engulfment, entrapment and confined energy (i.e.: mechanical and electrical systems and radiation). Later topics include the use of atmospheric testing devices, personal protective equipment, ventilation requirements and emergency rescue. The addition of good photographs of testing and communications equipment, as well as lockout devices and ventilation fans, is a plus.
Both Mr. McManus and myself agree that there is a need for more professional practice in this aspect of our industry. In recognition of this fact, an entire Appendix of this book has been devoted to a discussion of "Qualified Persons" - individuals with the appropriate qualifications and training specific to the recognition of hazards in confined spaces. To address this issue, Mr. McManus has provided a great deal of information on hazard management in confined spaces, including examples of hazard assessments and a model confined space program. What I have found particularly useful is that much of this information has been included in individual Appendices, for easier reference (one of these, "Appendix A: Standards, Guidelines and Regulations" even discusses the development of standards and guidelines in a number of countries, including Canada).
As an Industrial Hygienist who has routinely been involved in the preparation of hazard assessments and the development of procedures for work in confined spaces, I have found the book to be extremely valuable reference and recommend it to all Industrial Hygiene and Safety professionals.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading and Reference May 8 2002
By Ev Carefoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I could type a great deal about this book, but if you are reading this I can only say that this is required reading and a mandatory reference book for any safety professional or hygienist.
Great coverage on the subject!
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star Nov. 20 2015
By Mohammad Farhang - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe the book is more like a good photocopy than real published book.


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