To ensure the protection of GHSU employees and contract personnel from the hazards of entry into permit-required confined spaces and to ensure that regulatory requirements regarding entry into confined spaces are met. This policy is intended to achieve two goals:
1.1 Prevent unauthorized employee entry into a permit-required confined space .
1.2 Assure safe entry and work within confined spaces by authorized employees and contract personnel.
2.1 A permit-required confined space is a space that is large enough for personnel to enter, has limited or restricted means of entry or exit (requires using one’s hands and/or knees for entry/egress), is not designed for continuous occupancy, and contains one or more of the following:
2.1.1 A hazardous atmosphere,
2.1.2 A material that could engulf an entrant,
2.1.3 An internal configuration that could trap an entrant or contributes to asphyxiation by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section or,
2.1.4 Any other recognized safety or health hazard.
2.2 Examples of confined spaces include vessels, tanks, manholes, pits, bins, restricted areas, rail/tank cars, ducts, sewers, sumps, column skirts, excavations, noise enclosures, etc. This list is not all-inclusive.
3.1 It is the policy of this institution that each organizational element requiring access to a permit-required confined space develops and implements a confined space procedure. The procedure will be reviewed and approved by the Associate Vice President of the Environmental Health and Safety Division (EH&S), prior to implementation. Any changes to an approved procedure will also require the review and approval of the Associate Vice President of EH&S, prior to implementation. At a minimum, procedures will include provisions for personnel training, hazard assessment, personal protective equipment, emergency procedures, and permitting.
3.2 Further, it is the policy of this institution that all contract personnel who may require entry into permit-required confined spaces adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for confined space entry. Individuals who contract on behalf of GHSU will ensure that such a requirement is placed in the contract for services.
4.1.1 Develop a confined space procedure for entry into permit-required confined spaces.
4.1.2 Submit the confined space procedure to the Associate Vice President of EH&S, for approval prior to implementation.
4.2 Associate Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety Division
4.2.1 Provide technical guidance on confined space entry procedures.
4.2.2 Review and approve submitted confined space entry procedures.
4.3 Contracting Personnel
4.3.1 Ensure that all contracts for services requiring entry into permit-required confined spaces specify that the contractor adhere to OSHA guidelines for confined space entry.