OSHA’s New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

Employees who work in confined spaces, such as manholes, crawl spaces and tanks, are subject to additional hazards that include asphyxiation, explosions, electrocutions and exposure to toxic substances. OSHA’s new standard further protects these workers by requiring permits and emphasizing training, continuous worksite evaluations and communications. The new standard:

  • Identifies confined spaces and their hazards
  • Allows employers to remove hazards before allowing employees to enter
  • Restricts entry through a permit system when the hazard cannot be removed
  • Provides testing and adequate equipment when entry into a hazardous space is necessary
  • Provides for rescue services when necessary

For more information, visit www.osha.gov/confinedspaces.

Enforcement delayed
OSHA’s new confined spaces in construction standard goes into effect on August 3, 2015, but OSHA will postpone full enforcement of the new standard until October 2, 2015. During this 60-day period, OSHA will not issue citations to an employer making good faith efforts to comply with the new standard, as long as the employer is in compliance with either of the new standard’s training requirements. Click here to see both sets of training requirements.

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