Books: OSHA-Permit Required Confined Spaces

Permit-Required Confined Spaces
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Permit-Required Confined Spaces

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in
workplace safety and health. This informational booklet provides a general overview of a particular topic related to OSHA standards. It does not
alter or determine compliance responsibilities in OSHA standards or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 Because interpretations and
enforcement policy may change over time, you should consult the current OSHA administrative
interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the courts for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements.

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Definitions
By definition, a confined space:

  • Is large enough for an employee to enter fully and perform assigned work;
  • Is not designed for continuous occupancy by the employee; and
  • Has a limited or restricted means of entry or exit.

These spaces may include underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, pits, diked areas, vessels, silos, and other similar areas. By definition, a permit-required confined space has one or more of these characteristics:

  • Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;
  • Contains a material with the potential to engulf someone who enters the space; Has an internal configuration that might cause an entrant to be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section; and/or
  • Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazards.

The Content of the Book:

  • Introduction…3
  • Definitions…3
  • OSHA’s Confined Space Standard…4
  • Alternative to a full permit entry…4
  • Written Programs…6
  • Controlling Hazards…7
  • Equipment for safe entry…7
  • Detection of hazardous conditions…7
  • Informing Contract Employees…8
  • Entry Permits…8
  • Canceled entry permits…9
  • Worker Training…9
  • Assigned Duties…10
  • Authorized entrant..10
  • Attendant…10
  • Entry supervisor…11
  • Emergencies…12
  • Rescue service personnel…12
  • Harnesses and retrieval lines…12
  • MSDS…12
  • OSHA Assistance…13
  • Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines…13
  • State Programs…14
  • Consultation Services…14
  • Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP)…15
  • Strategic Partnership Program…15
  • Alliance Programs…15
  • OSHA training and Education…16
  • Information Available Electronically…17
  • OSHA Publications…17
  • Contacting OSHA…18
  • OSHA Regional Offices…19

( Also Read : Books: CAL/OSHA Pocket Guide for Construction Industry )

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