The purpose of the Confined Space Program is to protect campus employees, who in the course of performing their jobs, may be required to enter and perform work in a confined space.
A confined space is defined by the concurrent existence of the following conditions:
- Existing ventilation is insufficient to remove dangerous contamination and/or oxygen deficiency which may exist or develop; and
- Ready access or egress for the removal of a suddenly disabled employee is difficult because of the location and/or size of the opening
Confined spaces may include but are not limited to: silos, tanks, vats, vessels, boilers, compartments, ducts, sewers, pipelines, vaults, bins, tubes and pits.