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Confined Space Entry

Another entry in our OSHA Safety Training Programs is one that was created specifically for OSHA's Permit Required Confined Space Regulation (29 CFR Part 1910.146). Because of OSHA's broad definition of what a "confined space" is, these products will be useful to a number of different types of facilities, including manufacturers, utilities, petroleum and chemical industries, hospitals and many others. These training products on "Confined Space Entry" address the major areas of employee training required by the regulation. This includes identifying the permit spaces, types of hazards that can be encountered and the responsibilities of employers and supervisors. It also includes information on setting up and implementing emergency teams.

WHAT DOES "CONFINED SPACE" MEAN? Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered to be "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter into, work in or exit from them. In many instances, employees who work in confined spaces also face increased risk of exposure to serious physical injury from hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and hazardous atmospheric conditions. Confinement itself may pose entrapment hazards and work in confined spaces may keep employees closer to hazards such as machinery components than they would be otherwise. For example, confinement, limited access and restricted airflow can result in hazardous conditions that would not normally arise in an open workplace.