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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 16. Labor And Employment
Agency 25. Safety And Health Codes Board
Chapter 70. Virginia Confined Space Standard for the Telecommunications Industry

16VAC25-70-80. Special equipment and tools.

A. No sources of ignition shall be introduced into a confined space until the implementation of the appropriate provision of this section has ensured that dangerous air contamination due to flammable or explosive substances, or both, does not exist.

B. All electrical cords, tools, and equipment shall be inspected for visually detectable defects before use in a confined space. In the absence of low voltage circuits and equipment or double insulated tools, equipment shall be of the heavy duty insulation type or ground fault circuit interrupters shall be used. Temporary lighting shall conform with 16VAC25-175-1926.405(a)(2)(ii)(G).

C. No fan or other equipment used for removing flammable gases or vapors shall create an ignition hazard.

D. Cylinders of compressed gases shall never be taken into a confined space, and shall be turned off at the cylinder valve when not in use. When to be left unattended, the torch and hose shall be removed from the confined space. Open end fuel gas and oxygen hoses shall be immediately removed from enclosed spaces when they are disconnected from the torch or other gas-consuming device.

Exempt from this rule are cylinders that are part of self-contained breathing apparatus or resuscitation equipment.

Statutory Authority

§ 40.1-22(5) of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR425-02-30, § 8, eff. November 15, 1987; amended, eff. July 1, 1988.

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