Don’t get Trapped by OSHA’s New Confined Space Standard

Changes to OSHA’s Confined Space Standard for Construction will go into effect on October 2. The more prescriptive standard will affect every workplace that performs confined space entries. Is your team ready?

Specifically, the new standard amends the definition of an enclosed space and requires that even general industry complies with this prescription. A confined space is now defined by these characteristics:

  • Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter it
  • Has limited or restricted means for entry and exit
  • Is not designed for continuous occupancy

OSHA requires that every employer has a written confined space program or programmatic system to prevent employees from entering confined spaces. The new standard also requires much more from the designated competent person on site. Read a full breakdown of the changes by UL EHS Expert Matt Crouse here.

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