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Costs and Issues Associated With Implementing Industrial Confined Space Standards in Manure Storage Facilities
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: . Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 1(2):83-91. (doi: 10.13031/2013.19456) @1995
Authors: J. M. Shutske, M. A. Purschwitz, L. D. Jacobson, K. A. Janni
Keywords: Farm safety, Livestock,Waste,Manure, Confined space, Cost
Toxic atmospheres are encountered frequently in livestock manure storage facilities.
At least 16 U.S. agricultural production workers died from 1980 to 1985 attempting to
enter and perform work in manure storage facilities. In other industries, labor
regulations and standards specify safe confined space entry procedures, but production
agriculture has been excluded from most legal requirements. The cost of compliance is
believed to be one reason for agricultures exemption from regulatory requirements.