App allows confined-space tracking on farms
Richmond, British Columbia – Agricultural employers can keep track of confined spaces on their properties with a new mobile application from WorkSafeBC.
The My Confined Spaces app, released in May, allows users to make an inventory using a map, log information and photos for each confined space, and record possible hazards. Users also can view potential hazards for common confined spaces and share their inventory.
The app can be used for a variety of farms, including dairy farms, orchards, greenhouses and ranches. A resource library in the app contains documents, videos, tutorials and other resources.
WorkSafeBC defines a confined space as “an enclosed or partially enclosed area that is big enough for a worker to enter.” Types of confined spaces include cardboard compactors, water storage tanks and cellars. Potential hazards are lack of oxygen, toxic gas, bacteria, engulfment, electrical shock and extreme temperatures.
The app is available on both iOS and Android devices, as well as on desktop computers.