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OSHA Fact Sheet: Confined Spaces in Residential Construction
These new standards apply to any space that meets at least one of the following three criteria:
1. Space is large enough for a worker to enter
2. Space has limited/restricted means of entry and/or exit, and
3. Space is not designed for continuous occupancy.
If a particular confined space contains specific hazardous conditions, it is considered a permit-required confined space.
Basically, these permit-required spaces are identified as threatening to a workers' safety or life if not properly evaluated.
If working in an attic, basement or crawl space, we recommend being vigilant and investigating whether or not you are dealing with a permit-required confined space.
What Are Permit-Required Spaces?
To be considered a permit-required confined space it must meet at least one of the following criteria (as stated on the Fact Sheet):
Already contains or has the potential to become a hazardous atmosphere
Contains a material(s) that could potentially engulf an entrant
Is internally-configured in such a way that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section
Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazards
For more information about how employers can determine if working in a space that's permit-required or how Residential Construction is impacted by this Standard, one should refer to the Fact Sheet or accompanying Frequently Asked Questions