Do I Need a Confined Space Entry Permit?
Confined space entry permits are required as part of confined space safety programs. These programs are a necessary part of compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Confined space safety programs have many requirements, all to help abate the risks associated with working in permit-required confined spaces.
Once you have identified whether or not an area of your workplace is a confined space according to OSHA, then a determination of whether you need a confined space entry permit should be made.
For more information about what a confined space is, and the differences between permit-required confined spaces and non-permit required confined spaces, visit our help topic, What Defines a Confined Space?
OSHA also provides a helpful resource for determining if you require a confined space entry permit. The OSHA Confined Spaces Advisor provides a series of questions to help you make this determination.
If you have a permit-required confined space in your workplace, employees will need a confined space entry permit as part of a greater confined space safety program.
Confined space entry permits list important information about the work being done, the employees involved, and equipment used in permit-required confined spaces.
By having confined space entry permits accurately filled out, employers can ensure that only properly trained workers are in confined spaces, and that they are using necessary safety equipment and performing tests to ensure the safest working environment possible.
As an appendix to standard 1910.146, OSHA provides an example of a confined space entry permit.
OSHA requires danger signs with language similar to “permit-required confined space, do not enter” to be posted outside of confined spaces in order to alert employees to these dangerous areas. SafetySign.com has a large selection of OSHA compliant confined space signs.
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