Model OSHA Confined Spaces Entry Program (Version 1: General)

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: August 15th, 2012
Topics: Confined Spaces |


The OSHA Permit Required Confined Spaces Standard requires employers to identify the “confined spaces” in their workplace and classify each one as either a permit or non-permit required space. Permit spaces are confined spaces that contain actual or potential hazards capable of killing or seriously injuring a person who enters them. One option for dealing with these spaces is to seal them off so no one can enter them. If entry into permit spaces is allowed, the employer must implement a confined spaces entry program to ensure entry is conducted safely.

How the Tool Helps Solve the Problem

This Model Confined Spaces Entry Program comes from OSHA and is designed as a general example. You need to fill in the blanks to list the information that applies to your particular work operations, site configuration and other conditions.  But while you need to adapt it, the OSHA model is useful as a general indication of what any confined spaces entry program should contain.