During shipbuilding, metal surfaces need to be
prepared for welds and final coatings. Surface preparation may range from a simple wipe down to a total stripping of
coating. Methods include:
After the spaces or surfaces are
cleaning process is
complete, the shipyard must determine what personnel, equipment, and materials
are required for the surface preparation and conduct a hazard
assessment for PPE. [29 CFR 1915.152(b)]
Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading
hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the
Shipbuilding: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres
chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.
Figure 1: Illustration of surface
preparation being performed.