Confined Spaces & Their Regulation

by Proforma Construction Inc, August 18, 2015

How To Safely Navigate Confined Spaces

Take a look at a construction site one day, then look at it again a week later. Odds are, it will look entirely different. That is because jobsites are constantly changing as the work gets completed. This is good news, as it means the project is moving forward, but it does present some hazards. One of the most significant is confined spaces.

To help you stay safe on a construction site, here is a look at the OSHA regulation and some safety tips surrounding confined spaces.

Confined spaces are exactly what they sound like: small spaces with limited entrances/exits that are not designed for continuous occupancy. A few examples of confined spaces include manholes, tanks, and crawl spaces.

Unfortunately, on the jobsite sometimes entering—and even working in—confined spaces becomes necessary. This is dangerous because someone working in a confined space could face hazards like asphyxiation, toxic substances, or electrocution without easy access to an exit.

To help protect workers in confined spaces, OSHA has issued a final rule that mandates entry permits must be issued to each worker who enters a confined space, an attendant must be designated, and a rescue program must be implemented.

Ultimately, confined spaces bring with them a number of hazards and it is important that they are approached with care. If you are going to be working in a confined space, make sure that you review OSHA regulations beforehand.

You deserve to rest easy knowing your general contractor is meeting OSHA’s regulations and protecting workers on your commercial construction jobsite. To ensure you work with an expert who puts safety first, contact Proforma Construction in Pleasanton. We ensure that our entire team stays up-to-date on the latest Cal/OSHA and California state regulations so your project never falls out of compliance.