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RP 2217A

Safe Work in Inert Confined Spaces in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries

Work in an inert confined space presents many unique hazards that may not be encountered in a typical confined-space entry. The performance of such requires special precautions and the equipment necessary is operated by specialized contractors qualified and knowledgeable in the requirements for inert confined-space entry and work. Inert confined-space entries do not occur frequently at individual refining and petrochemical facilities, and the decision to perform this work activity must be carefully planned, programmed, reviewed, and approved by the facility/location management before such work takes place. This standard provides guidance for safely entering and working within and near confined spaces that have inert atmospheres.

5th Edition | July 2017

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