OSHA has federal standards in regard to working in confined spaces, which can include boilers, ducts, bins, tubes, pits, tanks or vats that may present atmospheric hazards or entry/exit access problems for someone who became suddenly disabled or in an engulfment condition in which a finely divided particle or liquid could surround a person. In these cases, employers must do the following:
- Identify all confined spaces in the workplace.
- Prevent unauthorized entry into those spaces.
- Provide training to those who must enter those spaces and to those who might have to perform rescue operations.
- Assure that emergency rescue services are available before employees are allowed to enter.
For more information on confined space regulations, visit the OSHA web site. A Q&A page can be found here.
Release Date: 1/4/2001 12:00:00 AM