Confined Spaces in Construction
Supervisors and employees in the construction industry who are knowingly or potentially exposed to confined space hazards
Confined Spaces in Construction is a comprehensive standard designed to provide protections to employees working in confined spaces in construction. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by the construction industry, the new standard includes a permit program designed to protect employees from exposure to many hazards associated with work in confined spaces, including atmospheric and physical hazards. It also incorporates provisions that address construction-specific hazard, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves enforceability of the requirements. OSHA expects full compliance with the Confined Spaces in Construction standard to reduce the average number of fatalities and injuries in confined spaces covered by this standard by 96 percent.
Confined Spaces in Construction was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.
Providing Protection in Confined Spaces
- recognize employer responsibilities for the safety of employees working in permit-required confined spaces
- identify the characteristics of a permit-required confined space
- recognize employee responsibilities for safety while working in permit-required confined spaces
- identify key requirements of a permit-required confined space program
- recognize accurate statements about entry permits
- recognize the main duties of members of the entry team
- identify safety equipment used by entry team members during permit space operations
- identify what provisions employers must make where an in-house rescue team is used
- identify employer responsibilities when outside rescue services are to be used
- recognize when training is needed