OSHA Finalizes Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction

May 5, 2015

OSHA has issued its new rule for confined spaces in construction, which will take effect August 3.

The rule includes requirements for training, identification and assessment of confined spaces, hazard analysis, entering, working, exiting and rescue for confined spaces containing a variety of different hazards.

It will apply to employers with employees working at site with one or more confined spaces. 

OSHA’s construction standard for confined spaces, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA, affects spaces that meet the following criteria:

  • Are large enough for a worker to enter;
  • Have limited means of entry or exit; and
  • Are not designed for continuous occupancy.