At Longwood University some of the areas that our employees enter to do maintenance are considered to be confined spaces because their configurations hinder the activities for employees who must enter into, work in and exit from them. In many instances, employees who work in confined spaces also face increased risk of exposure to serious physical injury from hazards such as entrapment, engulfment or hazardous atmospheres. Being in tight quarters itself may pose entrapment hazards, work in confined spaces may keep employees closer to hazards, such as machinery components, than they would otherwise be. In other words, tight quarters, limited access and restricted airflow can result in hazardous conditions that would not normally arise in an open workplace. The term “Permit Required Confined Space” refers to those locations that meet the definition of a confined space and also contain health or safety hazards, thereby requiring a permit for entry.
A Confined Space has;
A Permit Required Confined Space is one that meets the definition of a confined space and has one or more of the following characteristics:
Longwood University’s Confined Space Program is based on OSHA standard 1910.146 Permit Required Confined Space and the Virginia VAOSHA standard 16VAC25-70-10 et seq Virginia Confined Space Standard For The Telecommunication Industry (1910.268(t)).
The program describes the reasonable and necessary policies and procedures for any and all Longwood University operations that are associated with confined space entry operations.
Individuals’ covered by this program are employees whose job duties involve one or more of the following activities are included:
No one may serve in any of these capacities without first receiving Confined Space Entry training.
The program addresses:
For more information on Longwood University’s Confined Space program contact Longwood University’s Environmental Health and Safety.