As the debate continues in the refrigeration industry regarding the classification of evaporative condensers, I had someone send me a picture from one of the main manufacturers of evaporative condensers showing me an example of an evaporative condenser that no longer has “limited means of egress” and therefore it is no longer a Confined Space and therefore is not a Permit-Required Confined Space. The company is actually marketing the “man-sized” access door to improve access to the unit’s basin; however, they make no mention as to this “man-sized” access door having anything to do with revising a Confined Space assessment. Here is the “man-sized” access door, here is what OSHA says about limited egress, and what say you…

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