According to the OSHA regulations, a confined space is anyplace that meets the following criteria: (1) Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; and (2) Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and (3) Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.
Consulting Engineer Jennifer Morningstar is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. She has 19 years of industrial experience. Her areas of emphasis include chemical release & exposure, OSHA process safety management, industrial accident investigation, fires & explosions, and scope of damage/cost to repair analyses.
She spent 16 years working at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer. Her experience includes distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC). She is an OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader and completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Jennifer authored lockout/tagout procedures and confined space entry procedures. She also managed capital expansion projects in excess of $1M.
Jennifer then spent 3 years as an energy management consultant in a variety of industries including mineral extraction, pulp & paper, animal harvesting & packaging (including rendering) and grain milling. She worked with both natural gas and coal-fired boilers producing saturated steam and super-heated steam for cogeneration. Other processes in her expertise include air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production.
She spent 5 years as the administrative manager of The Warren Group where she gained intimate knowledge of the forensic engineering industry and the quality of work product required by our clients before returning to the engineering profession.
Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.