Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management
The purpose of the Confined Space Program is to protect campus employees, who in the course of performing their jobs, may be required to enter and perform work in a confined space.
A confined space is defined by the concurrent existence of the following conditions:
- Existing ventilation is insufficient to remove dangerous contamination and/or oxygen deficiency which may exist or develop; and
- Ready access or egress for the removal of a suddenly disabled employee is difficult because of the location and/or size of the opening
Confined spaces may include but are not limited to: silos, tanks, vats, vessels, boilers, compartments, ducts, sewers, pipelines, vaults, bins, tubes and pits.