Confined Spaces in Construction

Course Introduction

In 2014, two workers were asphyxiated while repairing leaks in a manhole, the second when he went down to save the first – which is not uncommon in cases of asphyxiation in confined spaces. Unfortunately, tragedies like this happen too often throughout the world, but confined space rescues can have a good outcome if effective confined space programs are developed.

In the construction industry, entering confined spaces is often necessary, but fatalities like these do not have to happen. Compliance with OSHA's regulations and guidance will significantly improve the safety of construction workers who enter confined spaces, and could prevent at least five construction worker fatalities and many more rescuer fatalities. It may also prevent nearly 800 serious injuries every year.

OSHA's 29 CFR 1926, Subpart AA, Confined Spaces in Construction, one or more confined spaces.

Course Objective

This course contains information on confined spaces in construction including safe entry procedures, the permit space program, duties and responsibilities, and best practices on a construction project.

This course has been developed to explain basic requirements detailed within OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926, Subpart AA – Confined Spaces in Construction, which will assist employers in establishing and maintaining an effective construction confined space program. 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.

Getting Started

To begin your online training, click on the "Modules" tab above. To study offline, go to your student dashboard and download the course study guide. The study guide is for your personal use only, and cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Key Topics

  • Confined Space Definitions
  •  Employer Designations
  • Permit Space Entry Procedures
  •  Entry Equipment
  • Entry Team Duties and Training
  •  Permit Space Program
  • Entry Permit and Process
  •  Work Zone Safety and Traffic Control
  • Emergency Rescue Operations
  •  Personal Protective Equipment

Target Audience

  • Employee
  •  Supervisor
  •  Manager
  •  Contractor