Responsible Care of the Environment

Confined Space Entry

cse1 Confined Space Entry Confined Space Entry Many jobs require entry into enclosed spaces with limited air movement. These spaces can be hazardous for human entry. Clean Earth Environmental technicians are all certified for confined space entry and attend mandatory annual training, as well as safety meetings prior to the start of each project.

A "confined space" is generally defined as any area, which has limited means of egress; or has an oxygen deficient/ enriched atmosphere, or has the potential for the accumulation of flammable or toxic gases or vapors.

Among the more dangerous work environments in municipalities, industries, and utilities, are confined spaces. Every year confined space accidents account for a large number of worker deaths. These deaths are the result of the failure, by the worker, or supervision, to recognize the hazard, or failure to take simple yet important safety precautions.

Examples of potential hazardous areas:

  • Sewers
  • Pits & Sumps
  • Cassons & Cofferdams
  • Tunnels & Shafts
  • Silos
  • Vaults
  • Tanks & Vats
  • Bins & Hoppers
  • Tanks Trucks
  • Deep Trenches
  • Boilers
  • Process Vessels
  • Low-lying areas
  • Rail Cars
  • Large Machinery
  • Manholes

40 Hour Hazwoper Training Program

cse meeting Many of our technicians are trained in the Federal Government Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (Hazwoper) which requires that any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances must receive the proper training.

Confined Space Written Permits

Before the start of every job, a "tailgate" or safety meeting is conducted to go over the specifics of the job and to make sure that all safety and potential hazards are identified and discussed. Clean Earth utilizes a "confined space written permit" which is posted near the confined space to be entered and visible to everyone. The written permit outlines all the safety precautions to be taken along with accurate breathing air readings.

  • "When our main lift station was inoperable, I called Clean Earth. With one phone call, my issues were resolved and a much bigger disaster was avoided. Clean Earth’s speedy response time eliminated the risk of contamination to the villages’ drinking water.  Once again, we are pleased with the great job and your guys are always a pleasure to work with."

    – Ken, Village of Vicksburg
  • "I appreciate our relationship with Clean Earth Environmental, as I can always depend on an immediate response. Your workers always go the extra mile to assure accuracy & efficiency and they always arrive on site with a positive attitude prepared for the task at hand. Clean Earth recognizes the importance of taking care of issues that have the potential to affect so many people if not handled rapidly. I have complete confidence in your staff. Thanks for a job well done!"

    - Bruce, Portage Public Schools

Clean Earth serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in Albion, Allegan, Allendale, Bangor, Battle Creek, Bloomingdale, Bronson, Cassopolis, Charlotte, Clinton Village, Coldwater, Coloma, Comstock, Constantine, Coopersville, Delton, Dowagiac, Grand Ledge, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Hartford, Hastings, Holland, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lowell, Marcellus, Marshall, Mendon, Muskegon, Niles, Norton Shores, Oshtemo, Otsego, Parchment, Paw Paw, Plainwell, Portage, Richland, Saugatuck, Schoolcraft, South Haven, Spring Arbor, Springfield, Springport, St Joseph, Stevensville, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Vandalia, Vicksburg, Walker, Wayland, White Pigeon, Wyoming and Zeeland, Michigan (Mi.) We also serve customers in Elkhart, Granger, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Shipshewana and South Bend, Indiana (In.)

Clean Earth Environmental is a Division of Dale W. Hubbard, Inc. Service Group