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ty Solutions unit, which provides result-driven safety consulting
services. "But what OSHA's latest regulations do is require that those
who assign workers to specific tasks with a confined space determine
in advance if there are definitive risks related to the space being
confined. There are multiple considerations involved in compliance,
which is why I advise employers to consult with experts to ensure
they know what to look for and what they should and should not do."
As an example, employers and contractors are responsible not only
for ensuring that only authorized personnel enter a permit-required
confined space, but also for making sure non-authorized personnel
do not. It's worth noting as well that, by definition, "entering" means
any part of a worker's body crossing the threshold of an opening.
"It's essential for employers to understand that this regulation does
not in any way absolve them from the responsibility of making a decision," Cocuzza explains. "In fact - and OSHA's very specific about this
- making no decision will be interpreted as having given approval."

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Another key requirement is that employers dealing with permit-required confined spaces have a full rescue plan in place. Whether an onor off-site rescue service is to be utilized, it's required to be fully trained
and equipped to conduct rescue operations within confined spaces.
Further, employers are responsible for informing emergency responders in advance of any potential hazards that may exist on the site, and
for providing regular updates focused on any changes of conditions.
For off-site providers, a site visit and a training exercise are mandatory.
"For building site managers, it's both good policy and good common sense to quickly establish close, working relationships with
local emergency personnel," says Safegate Safety Specialist John
Trevor. "That's one of my first recommendations to clients - placing
a few phone calls and arranging for initial site visits and whatever
additional levels of review are required. And, particularly in the case
of large construction projects, fire and rescue personnel appreciate an
opportunity to assess the environment."
Development of a rescue plan - one relating to confined spaces
as well as to broader building-related risks - should always begin
well in advance of actual construction. Key components of the plan
include assessment of all potential hazards; identification of available emergency resources; review of communication systems and
protocols; listing of all emergency procedures; and confirmation that
all parties that might participate in the event of a crisis agree with the
plan and all specified procedures.
To reduce overall risk, OSHA recommends that workers employ a
team or "buddy" approach, with one individual inside the confined
space and the other staying outside, maintaining constant eye contact and carefully monitoring the situation.
Although OSHA's general industry rules for confined spaces and

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its latest regulations specific to construction
sites - which took effect in August 2015
- are essentially similar, there are noteworthy differences. These differences include
multiple provisions for multi-employer
work sites, as well as: ensuring workers
outside a space don't introduce hazards; a
requirement for continuous atmospheric
monitoring, whenever feasible; a requirement for continuous monitoring for engulfment hazards; and allowing a permit - for
a permit-required space - to be suspended,
rather than canceled.

Ed Beaulieu is director of field operations for Safegate Safety Solutions,
which helps clients across industries with federal and state safety rules,
as well as satisfy insurance requirements through safety training and
consultation. Safegate is a division of Dale Group Insurance and Bonds.
For more information, visit www.dalegroup.com.

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