- Safety and Health Topics
- Confined Spaces
Confined spaces are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, shipyard employment and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to confined spaces.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
|Subpart H – Hazardous Materials||1910.124, General requirements for dipping and coating operations|
|Subpart J – General Environmental Controls||1910.146, Permit-required confined spaces|
|Subpart Q – Welding, Cutting, and Brazing||1910.252, General requirements|
|Subpart R – Special Industriess||1910.261, Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills|
|1910.272, Grain handling facilities|
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
|1915 Subpart B – Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment|
|1915.11, Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart|
|1915.12, Precautions and the order of testing before entering confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres|
|1915.13, Cleaning and other cold work|
|1915.14, Hot work|
|1915.15, Maintenance of safe conditions|
|1915.16, Warning signs and labels
Note: The "Directives" bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- 29 CFR Part 1915, Subpart B, Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment. CPL 02-01-061, (May 22, 2019). Provides current policy, inspection procedures, information and guidance to ensure uniform enforcement of the 29 CFR Part 1915, Subpart B standard.
There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.
National Consensus Standards
Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
- Z117.1 - 2009, Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces