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Tarrytown Trustees Approve Confined Space Program

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Village of Tarrytown trustees have approved a confined space program to outline the procedures for entering and working in a confined space.

The Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau has signed off on the project, according to Village Administrator Michael Blau.

The program comes after the September 2010 deaths of Tarrytown Public Works Department employee John Kelly and Tarrytown firefighter Anthony Ruggiero.

Blau said the trustees needed to approve the program, which has gone through six or seven iterations, so that they could begin establishing the program and get people trained for confined space entry.

The village contracted with Pro Safety to work on the program – they also worked with Blau, the village engineer, and the Civil Service Employees Association.

The program covers any employee who has confined space duties and requires all affected employees to be trained before they enter a confined space.

The program outlines general requirements for entering confined spaces, as well as requires that warning signs be posted around all confined spaces except for manholes. It also states that the confined space will be continuously monitored for oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, combustible gas and other hazardous substances that may be present. Before entering a confined space, certain atmospheric levels must be met.

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