Confined Spaces for Construction
A confined space is an area large enough for a person to enter, is difficult to exit in the event of an emergency, and is not intended
for regular human occupancy.
A permit required confined space, means a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:
– Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere.
– Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant.
– Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section.
– Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.
Under the new confined spaces OSHA regulations for construction, training for all employees involved in confined space entry work is required, the competent person must conduct an initial evaluation of the confined spaces to determine if they are permit-required spaces. Continuous monitoring of atmospheric and engulfment hazards is required, permits may be suspended instead of cancelled, provided the space is returned to permit conditions prior to re-entry, also, there is specific information exchange requirements for multi-employer work sites.
This confined spaces for construction class is designed for those individuals who will be working in and around confined spaces, covering hazards in confined spaces, duties and responsibilities of authorized entrants, attendants, entry supervisors, permits, non-entry rescue, and the role of the competent person.
This is a 3 – 4 hour class, and the topics covered are:
- Health and safety hazards associated with confined space work
- Competent person requirements to identify which confined spaces are permit-required
- Requirements for re-classification of permit spaces to non-permit status
- Alternate entry procedures for entering select permit-required confined spaces
- Elements of a written confined space entry program
- Requirements for the permitting process and the entry permit
- Duties and responsibilities of the competent person
- Duties of authorized entrants, attendants, and entry supervisor
- Coordination of information exchange between entry employers, controlling contractors, host employers, and other entities
- Confined space rescue requirements and non-entry rescue
- Personal protective equipment requirements
- Identifying and evaluating atmospheric hazards
- Confined space ventilation techniques