Can you believe we are already in the process of revising the 2016 edition of NFPA 350? The Committee responsible for the revision of the document is meeting this week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to work on the 2019 edition of the document. As always, there is lively discussion and debate about a number of issues. One issue that was raised was how should the document address the need for High Visibility Vests?
Should they be recommended for all entrants and attendants as well as entry supervisors to "highlight" who is involved in the entry? Or should they only be recommended when there is traffic in the area such as street work below grade? A colleague of mine asked a similar question of a group of confined space experts and it appeared that the majority use high visibility vests for entrants and attendants.
What is your thought on this and what would you recommend on the use of high visibility vests for confined space entry?
The first draft of the 2019 edition of NFPA 350 is expected to have some new recommendations on topics such as the use of PIDs, will incorporate provisions in the new OSHA construction standard if not already present, will provide a revised model pre-entry form and permit , and will likely include some reorganization and clarifications to make the document even more user friendly. To keep informed about when this first draft is posted and open for public comment or to find out when the next meeting will be held you can sign up for email alerts at www.nfpa.org/350. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the document and to attend meetings.