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It is Worcester State University’s policy that employees and contract labor employees are not permitted to enter a “permit-required confined space”.
All outside contractors performing work in a “permit-required confined space” must be pre-qualified and demonstrate compliance with all of the requirements of the OSHA “Permit-Required Confined Spaces” standard (29 CFR 1910.146).
Worcester State employees are allowed to perform work in “non-permit confined spaces” and “permit-required confined spaces” that can be safely reclassified to “non-permit confined spaces” prior to and throughout the duration of an entry.
Reclassification can be accomplished only after development and approval of a Pre-Task Safety Plan and using either the “alternate entry procedures” or “reclassification procedures” described in Section 7.0 – Reclassification of Permit Spaces.
This program has been developed to:
A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that has all of the following characteristics:
Examples of confined spaces at the Worcester State facility include the following:
A hazard is a condition that presents a danger or a risk of physical harm to an individual. Confined space hazards include but are not limited to the following:
A “non-permit confined space” does not contain, or with respect to atmospheric hazards, have the potential to contain an atmospheric hazard, or any other safety hazard capable of causing death or serious physical harm.
A “permit-required confined space” is a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:
A “permit-required confined space” may be reclassified to a “non-permit confined space” if the space poses no actual or potential atmospheric hazards and if all hazards within the space are eliminated without entry into the space. The space may be reclassified as a “non-permit confined space” for as long as all the hazards remain eliminated and only for the duration of the scheduled entry.