The work must continue even in cold and inclement weather. In many cases, inclement weather can be remediated by the use of work tents. But what about the cold?
Confined space work, for obvious reasons, is typically inside an enclosed space away from rain, snow, sleet, etc. But what about the confined space attendants and supervisors? Typically, a work tent can provide these workers with protection. Likewise, emergency shelters and medical tents provide protection from the elements for medical staff.
But confined spaces, work tents, medical tents, or "hospitals without walls" do nothing to remediate the cold and its affects on confined space entrants, attendants, supervisors, or medical staff.
Why is this a problem?
It is well known that cold weather reduces worker performance, productivity, and safety. This is bad enough. But NIOSH warns that "workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress."
In extreme conditions cold stress can be life threatening. But even in nominal conditions it is dangerous for worker safety.
NIOSH concludes that a primary cause of cold stress and its related dangers is working outside "without heat."
How to Heat Confined Spaces, Work Tents, Medical Tents
The simplest and safest way to do this is with a blower heater. The RamFan HA01 Propane Blower heater provides a quick and simple source of heat...up to 55,000 BTU's of heat to be exact.
How does it work? Simple. Attach it in between a blower and blower duct and presto...you have heat.
It runs off of a normal 20 lb propane tank. It features a stainless steel heat-exchanger which means no contamination of the heated air. It has a thermostat. And it can run up to 10 hours on a 20 lb propane tank.
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