Shipyard Employment eTool
Initial Entry Testing >> Visual Inspection
The person performing the visual inspection should do at least the following
- Determine if ladders or other suitable means are provided to allow safe entry to and exit from a space. [29 CFR 1915.72 and 29 CFR 1915.76]
- Determine whether coatings and residues in the space may create hazardous atmospheres under work conditions.
Ensure that spaces and adjacent spaces that contain or have contained liquids, gases, or solids that are toxic, corrosive, or irritating in nature have been visually inspected and tested before initial entry [(b)]. Ensure appropriate action has been taken to make the space safe before entry.
Ensure that adequate illumination that is appropriate for the present conditions and safe work performance in the space is provided. [(b)] Explosion-proof lights may also be required. [29 CFR 1915.13(b)(9)]
- Provide temporary lighting when permanent lighting does not generate adequate illumination (29 CFR 1915.82(a)(4)). Portable and emergency lighting is required in dark areas that do not have permanent or temporary lights, where lights are not working, or where lights are not readily accessible (29 CFR 1915.82(c)(1)).
- Ensure that good housekeeping conditions are maintained at all times. [29 CFR 1915.81]
Ensure that pipelines that could carry hazardous materials into the space while workers are present are disconnected, blanked off, or otherwise blocked by positive method. [29 CFR 1915.15(a)]
Evaluate adjacent spaces or work being carried out in adjacent spaces to ensure that no hazardous conditions may be created for personnel working in subject space. [29 CFR 1915.12(a), (b), and (c)]