Permit required confined space according to OSHA refers to space that meet OSHA’s definition of a confined space and contain health or safety hazards.
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Characteristics of a permit required confined space
- The space contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous
- The space contains a material which have the potential to engulf someone who enters the space;
- The space has an internal configuration that might cause an entrant to be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross section;
- Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazards.
Before a space is said to be a confined space, it must posses one or more of the characteristics mentioned above.
Before we end this article, let us have a recap of what a confined space is.
OSHA defines a confined space thus:
A confined space is a space that –
- Is large enough for an employee to enter and perform a task;
- Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and
- Is not designed for continuous occupancy.