This topic covers OSHA’s Confined Spaces general industry regulation, which applies to spaces that have limited means of entry and/or exit and are not designed for continuous occupancy. Some confined spaces are classified as permit-required confined spaces. These spaces typically contain hazardous atmospheric conditions, pose engulfment or entrapment hazards, or contain other serious hazards. There is a separate rule for Confined Spaces (Construction).
Employers whose workplaces contain permit-required confined spaces must implement a comprehensive space-entry program. Entry into a permit-required confined space must be limited to authorized entrants. Other safety requirements include testing the confined space, monitoring entrants, establishing retrieval procedures, and providing appropriate training.
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