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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:

  1. Identify all confined spaces in the workplace.

  2. Prevent unauthorized entry into those spaces.

  3. Provide training to those who must enter those spaces and to those who might have to perform rescue operations.

  4. 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