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Confined Spaces in Construction

OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard is intended to protect workers from toxic, explosive, or asphyxiating atmospheres; from possible engulfment or entrapment; and from other hazards.

The confined spaces construction standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) sets requirements for practices and procedures to protect employees engaged in construction activities at a worksite with one or more confined spaces. Under the standard, employers must:

  • Identify each permit-required confined space.
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into confined spaces.
  • Protect authorized entrants from hazards through a permit space program.

It's important to note that the employer doesn't need to be a construction company — OSHA says construction, alteration and/or repair work including painting and decorating qualifies as construction work, even if it is not new construction. For example, repair of existing facilities or replacement of equipment or structures with upgraded, improved parts is considered construction. However, maintenance work (i.e., keeping a structure in proper condition in a routine or scheduled fashion) does not qualify as construction work.

Our confined space training and solutions can help you:

  • Understand the definition of a confined space and a permit-required confined space.
  • Identify hazards associated with working in permit spaces.
  • Know the general rules and responsibilities of the authorized entrant, attendant, and entry supervisor.
  • Identify the role of the emergency rescue team.

Confined Spaces Informational Video

Learn about the similarities and differences between the construction confined spaces standard and the general industry standard.

Confined Spaces Solutions

Ensure safety while doing construction work around confined spaces with a wide range of products – including training, signs, and PPE.

Confined Spaces Training for Construction

Helps employees meet requirements of the OSHA standard regarding construction activities in confined spaces.

Personal Protective Equipment

Protect your workers from the hazards of a confined space.

Confined Spaces Publications

Shop guides, manuals, newsletters and handbooks to keep employees safe in confined spaces.

Confined Space Signs

Use signs to identify the danger posed by permit-required confined spaces.

Confined Spaces Poster

Safety poster reminds workers what to do when working in confined spaces.

Construction Consulting Services

Get in-person consulting, advisement and training on confined spaces and other OSHA/EPA regs.

J. J. Keller® Safety Management Suite

SMS, formerly KellerOnline®, provides safety management system tools and applications to help drive performance, reduce risk, and ensure compliance.

Environmental Compliance Program

Consultants work to provide continuous support including OSHA assessments, program development, environmental reporting and more.