Many facilities have confined spaces that workers must enter to perform maintenance, cleaning or other functions.
Some confined spaces may be dangerous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a permit for entry if a confined space includes any of the following conditions:
- Inadequate or elevated oxygen levels
- Potential to contain or contains a hazardous atmosphere
- Potential to engulf a person
- Walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and could trap or asphyxiate a person
- Live wires
- Any other recognized hazard
Permit-required confined spaces must be marked. You must share this information with your employees and train anyone who will enter these spaces.
Download the toolbox talk below to discuss confined spaces with your employees, including what characterizes one and what they need to do before entering one to stay safe.
Make It Personal: Give the talk at a confined space at your facility that workers might need to enter.
Looking for tips on how to give a talk? Check out this blog post.