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Important Confined Space Regulation Update


"This rule will save lives of construction workers. Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health." — Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels

This new regulation ensures the safety of construction workers throughout the evolving processes of a project; as the flow of workers, contractors, sub contractors, temp workers etc. file through any given site.

Key Differences

Key differences between the already existing confined space rule for general industry and the new regulation for construction include more detailed coordination requirements among all parties working within a site; the requirement of a qualified person to evaluate and identify confined spaces and permit spaces; continuous monitoring for internal hazard, environmental hazard, or changes in safety, and the suspension of a permit instead of cancellation if conditions change unexpectedly rendering the space unsafe for a period of time.

Who is Affected?

OSHA makes it very clear that any and all construction employers whose workers may be exposed to confined space hazards are responsible for taking the necessary action in applying this standard to their part of the construction process, regardless of whether or not a contractor or subcontractor is hired.

If your employees work on the site but will not enter the spaces you must also take the necessary steps to prevent your workers from entering them. Lastly, if you are doing construction and general industry work in a Confined Space employers should follow the construction confined space standard.


In Effect as Of August 3, 2015, however OSHA is postponing  full enforcement of the new standard to October 2, 2015.
   
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