Confined Space Entry in the Workplace
Employees who are required to enter OSHA-defined confined spaces must attend Confined Space Entry Training prior to making the entry. Confined space rescuers must also complete a training. Conversely, those who have no need to enter a confined space are prohibited from doing so. Because of the serious nature of confined space accidents there are no exceptions to this rule.
OSHA defines a confined space as a space that:
- Is large enough and so configured that an employee can enter and perform work, AND
- Is not intended for continuous occupancy, AND
- Has a limited or restricted means of entrance or egress.
In addition, if all three of these conditions exist and any of the following also are present or potentially present, a written entry permit must be obtained from EH&S prior to entry:
- hazardous atmosphere, OR
- material which could engulf an entrant
- an internal configuration such that the entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated.
Determination of any space in question can be made by EH&S. Prior to entry, contact us at 8-8182 and we can make an evaluation. We also will arrange for training and an atmospheric check.