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Confined Space EntryMany workplaces at TWU contain spaces that are considered "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. A confined space is defined as:
  1. Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work,
  2. Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, AND
  3. Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Confined spaces include, but are not limited to underground vaults, tunnels, tanks, crawl spaces, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines. 

A "Permit-Required Confined Space" is a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics and therefore requires a permit prior to entry:

  • Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere,
  • Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant,
  • Has an internal configuration such 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, OR
  • Contain any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

TWU employees may NOT enter a confined space of either type without appropriate classroom and hands-on training.  Permit-Required Confined Spaces may only be entered by trained personnel under a valid permit.

Below are links to the written Confined Space Entry Program for TWU, and a copy of the confined space entry permit.

Confined Space Entry Program

Confined Space Entry Permit

page last updated 12/16/2014 4:02 PM