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Document ID (ISN)106301
CIS number 07-429
ISSN - Serial title 1423-3169 - Informations médicales - Medizinische Mitteilungen
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jost M., Cartier B., Rüegger M.
Title Work in oxygen-poor atmospheres
Original title Arbeiten in sauerstoffreduzierten Atmosphären [in German]
Travaux dans des atmosphères appauvries en oxygène [in French]
Bibliographic information 2006, No.77, p.75-84. 7 ref.
Internet access [in French] [in German]
Abstract The technique of lowering the oxygen concentration in air from 21% to 17% by adding nitrogen is increasingly used to reduce the risk of fire in premises where a fire hazard exists. This article describes the measures to be adopted for protecting the health of workers carrying out controls, maintenance or repairs in such confined spaces. Contents: scientific background; hazards faced by workers (performance limitations and increase in the risk of accidents, risks to workers with pre-existing diseases); health protection principles (technical, organisational and personal measures); preventive medical examinations.
Descriptors (primary) work in confined spaces; health hazards; protective atmospheres; maintenance and repair
Descriptors (secondary) work organization; nitrogen; work capacity; medical examinations; alarm systems; self-contained breathing apparatus; personal protective equipment; hypoxia
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Other equipment and plant
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Confined spaces