Permit-Required Confined Spaces

Add a note hereThe standard covers general industry workers, including over 1.6 million who enter confined spaces each year and an additional 10.6 million employed at the 240,000 covered worksites. When the standard was implemented, OSHA expected it to prevent about 85 percent of the deaths and injuries caused by confined space entry and rescue — an estimated 54 deaths and 10,000 injuries each year. It does not apply to agriculture, construction, or shipyard employment.

Add a note hereWhat is a confined space?

Add a note hereA confined space is defined as an area which:
1.     Add a note hereHas adequate size and configuration for an employee to enter and perform work;
2.     Add a note hereHas limited or restricted means to enter and exit; and
3.     Add a note hereIs not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Add a note hereWhat is a permit-required confined space?

Add a note hereA permit-required confined space is defined as a confined space having one or more of the following characteristics:
1.     Add a note hereContains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;
2.     Add a note hereContains material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant;
3.     Add a note hereHas an internal configuration that could trap or asphyxiate an entrant by inwardly converging walls or sloping floor; or
4.     Add a note hereContains any othe recognized serious safety or health hazard.

1 comment:

Vic Sunshine said...

A comprehensive confined space safety program is necessary for best practices. There are many sources for safety programs. First, you can check with OSHA, or many states have program templates you may use. is a great site for safety programs for construction safety programs. is another good site with lots of information for craftworkers, and of course 's site as well.

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