Key Points to Remember—Confined Spaces

OSHA requires a permit for entering certain confined spaces in the workplace because they are especially hazardous.

Sewers, storm drains, manhole vaults, grain bins, and elevator pits are examples of permit-required confined spaces.

Before anyone can enter a permit-required confined space, a long list of OSHA-mandated requirements must be met.

Most technicians will never need to enter a permit-required confined space.

Do not enter a permit-required confined space unless (1) you have been authorized by the owner or operator to enter it and (2) you have been trained in the special safety requirements of permit-space entry.

Do not try to rescue a coworker trapped in a permit-required confined space unless you are trained and equipped to do so.