Confined Space Program

Course Introduction

Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered to be "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter into, work in or exit from them. In many instances, employees who work in confined spaces also face increased risk of exposure to serious physical injury from hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and hazardous atmospheric conditions. Confinement itself may pose entrapment hazards and work in confined spaces may keep employees closer to hazards such as machinery components than they would be otherwise. For example, confinement, limited access and restricted airflow can result in hazardous conditions that would not normally arise in an open workplace.

Keep in mind: Most permit-space accidents happen for the following reasons:

  • Workers have not been properly trained to recognize permit-space hazards.
  • Hazards are not eliminated or controlled before workers enter the space.
  • Rescuers are inexperienced or improperly trained.

Course Goals

This course has been developed to explain basic requirements detailed within OSHA General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.146, Permit-required Confined Spaces, which will assist employers in establishing and maintaining an effective confined space program. For information on Confined Space Entry in Construction, see OSHAcademy Course 816.

By implementing such a program, our employees will be able to:

  • Recognize, evaluate, and control confined space hazards.
  • Save lives and protect employees from job-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Promote safe and effective work practices.
  • Reduce preventable workers' compensation costs.
  • Comply with company procedures and practices.

The course does not alter or determine employer compliance responsibilities in OSHA standards or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, you should consult current OSHA administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the Courts for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements.

Key Topics

  • Basic Requirements of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.146
  • Permit-Required Confined Spaces
  • Categories of Confined Spaces
  • Confined Space Program Components
  • Atmospheric Hazards
  • Not-Atmospheric Hazards
  • Controlling Hazards
  • Duties and Responsibilities of the Confined Space Entry Team
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Confined Space Training and Drill

Target Audience

  • Supervisor
  • Manager