Is this a confined space?
Almost all plants have dozens, if not hundreds of Confined Spaces. There are three criteria for a Confined Space:
- Space is big enough to enter and do work.
- There is limited means of exit and entrance.
- It is not intended for continuous occupancy.
Once classified as a Confined Space you must then determine if it requires a permit to enter. This determination is based on whether:
- The space has a hazardous, toxic or asphyxiating atmosphere.
- There is an engulfment potential (i.e., a sewer could flood and drown you).
- There is a potential for serious safety hazard (for example, propellers start turning). Having
a LOTO program, itself, does not satisfy this criteria.
- There is a danger of entrapment (for example, a chute or a catacomb).
For more information on confined spaces see the OSHA regulations 1910.146.
See Confined Space Signs