What is a confined space?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:46 pm

A confined space is any space that can be occupied on a temporary basis to perform maintenance or repairs on equipment. Confined spaces typically have only one way in or out. Employees must work in teams of two when working in a confined space; one person must be available to summon help if the other person becomes trapped or injured.

Confined spaces that have a hazard associated with them (e.g., dangerous atmosphere, risk of entrapment, engulfment hazard, or other risk) are classified as Permit Required Confined Spaces and require special training and additional safety precautions. DO NOT enter a confined space unless you have been trained and a Confined Space Entry Permit has been completed and approved.

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