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AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Confined Spaces

A confined space is an area that:

* has limited openings for entry and exit,
* has poor natural ventilation that can pose serious risks, and
* is not designed for continuous occupancy by workers.

Examples of confined spaces include, but are not limited to:

* storage tanks,
* process vessels,
* pits, vats, and vaults,
* sewage digesters and sewer silos,
* tunnels, manholes, utility vaults,
* pumping stations and enclosed grit chambers.

Entry into confined spaces may be for the purpose of inspection, testing of equipment, repair, maintenance and cleaning, or an emergency.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-09-15 16:39:06
Description A confined space is an area that:

* has limited openings for entry and exit,
* has poor natural ventilation that can pose serious risks, and
* is not designed for continuous occupancy by workers.

Examples of confined spaces include, but are not limited to:

* storage tanks,
* process vessels,
* pits, vats, and vaults,
* sewage digesters and sewer silos,
* tunnels, manholes, utility vaults,
* pumping stations and enclosed grit chambers.

Entry into confined spaces may be for the purpose of inspection, testing of equipment, repair, maintenance and cleaning, or an emergency.
Classification
Resource Type
Format
Subject
Source AFSCME
Keyword Worker safety, Psychological, Claustrophobia
Selector Stith
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-15 16:35:41
Education Level
Date Last Modified 2009-09-15 16:39:07
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-09-15 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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