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Get in easily. Get out safely.

Confined spaces present some of the most challenging environments for health and safety professionals. From potentially toxic atmospheres, to physically hazardous conditions such as extreme temperatures, unstable materials, or the potential for falls, confined spaces often present unseen challenges. Create and maintain a safe jobsite with correct and current information on working in confined spaces.

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Bad things can happen inside of confined spaces.

100 deaths
in confined spaces in Canada* (per year)


would-be rescuers


oxygen deficiency


Physical hazards

  • Engulfment


  • Struck by Object

    Struck by Objects

  • Heat


  • Falls


Atmospheric hazards

  • Oxygen Deficiency

    Oxygen deficiency

  • Hazardous chemicals

    Hazardous chemicals

  • Combustible dusts

    Combustible dusts

3M can help! (Plan, Access, Work Inside, Rescue & Retrieval)

1. Plan

1. Plan

  • Training courses
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Practical tools
2. Plan

2. Access

  • Training courses
  • Air monitoring
  • Air monitoring Retrieval equipment & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Typical Environments

  • Storage Tanks

    Storage Tanks

  • Tunnels


  • Elevator Shafts

    Elevator shafts

  • Alkylation units

    Alkylation units

  • Trench Boxes

    Trench boxes

  • Waste Water treament facilities

    Waste water treatment facilities

  • Culverts


  • Manhole


  • Reaction vessels

    Reaction vessels

  • Ductwork


  • Utility Vault

    Utility vault

3. Work Inside

  • Training courses
  • PPE to help protect from hazards inside the space

4. Rescue & Retrieval

  • Training courses
  • Tools to help with rescue plan
  • Rescue & retreival equipment

3M™ Confined Space Training Courses

  • Confined Space Awareness eLearning Module
  • Confined Space Level 1
  • Confined Space Level 2
  • Confined Space Industrial Rescuer
  • Confined Space Certified Instructor

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