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On-Demand Webcast: Marine Chemist Q&A: Confined Spaces

About this Webcast


  • Larry Russell, Principal Specialist, National Fire Protection Association

Original recording date: June 29, 2020

Duration: 24:37 minutes


Confined spaces are among the most potentially hazardous environments in a shipyard. OSHA has several requirements in place to protect the safety of shipyard workers, and it's up to employers to comply. In this webcast, we asked Larry Russell, a Principal Specialist  with the National Fire Protection Association, some of the most common questions we receive about confined spaces, shipyard competent person training, marine chemist certificates, and more.

By viewing this webcast, you will learn:

  • The hazards of confined spaces
  • Specific training requirements of shipyard competent person
  • How to ensure good communication between marine chemists and shipyards

About the Presenters

Larry Russell

Lawrence B. Russell has more than 36 years of technical expertise in marine transportation and petroleum–chemical industries focusing on marine industry workplace safety and fire protection.  Since 2003 he has been the Principal Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association’s Marine Field Service. Where he is the administrator of NFPA Certificated Marine Chemist Program; provides technical support to ten (10) NFPA Technical Committees concerning marine transportation and infrastructure; liquefied natural gas; and confined space safety.  He is the program administrator & lead instructor of NFPA Maritime Confined Space Safe Practices training seminars; and he supports the Marine Chemist Association programs designed to improve the quality of NFPA Marine Chemist performance.  Larry is also a member of the U. S. Department of Labor, OSHA Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and a frequent contributor to the National Safety Council, Marine Section, Waterborne Transport Group.


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