Work in Permit-controlled Confined Spaces on the Rise
The Agency now says that the number of establishments with permit-controlled confined spaces has risen by about 5,000, to a total of 210,281. The number of employees who enter these spaces is rising, too. OSHA now estimates that there are 1,471,634 “entrants” to permit-controlled spaces.
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Because of this, OSHA wants to adjust its estimate of hours it takes employees to comply with requirements in 29 CFR 1910.146(c)–(l), including, but not limited to:
- Development and implementation of written permit-space programs.
- Posting danger signs to inform employees of the dangers of permitted confined spaces.
- Making information available to employees who enter permit-controlled confined spaces.
- Confined space documentation and recordkeeping requirements.
- Verifying and documenting that the space is safe for entry before an employee enters.
- Informing contractors about permit confined spaces and related compliance requirements.
- Certifying confined spaces training for employees.
OSHA now estimates that compliance with all elements of the Confined Space Standard results in an overall burden of 1,642,219 hours. That’s a hair over one hour of compliance-related work for each employee who enters a permit-controlled confined space in the US. OSHA is soliciting public comment on this change—an increase of about 70,000 hours—and lists a few special issues for consideration in its proposal, available here.
The Confined Space Entry Awareness Online Course helps protect employees by building a strong understanding about the hazards of confined spaces and OSHA’s requirements for permit-controlled confined spaces. All employees must know who is authorized to enter confined spaces at your facility—and who must stay clear.
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