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Confined space

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



This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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