Identifying whether or not you have a confined space in the workplace can sometimes be tricky. It is not always easy
getting everyone to agree upon a definitive answer because of differing opinions.
Properly labeling a confined space is simple if you follow the guidance below.
An area is by definition a confined space if the answer is yes to these three questions:
1. Is it large enough for a person to enter?
2. Is the entry/exit restricted?
3. Is the area designed for occupancy?
A permit-required confined space exists if one of these conditions are present:
Yes to one = permit required
1. Is the atmosphere hazardous?
2. Engulfing hazard present?
3. Does it slop or have walls?
4. Other hazards present?
Simplifying the process of determining if a confined space exits will ensure employees are properly protected in
areas that have a potential threat to life and health. There is no room for shortcuts, the result could have deadly