OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has issued a final rule for confined space in construction, increasing protections for construction workers in confined spaces, which goes into effect on August 3, 2015. Confined spaces include manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other spaces not intended for long-term occupation.
Employers have until October 2, 2015 to fully comply: OSHA has granted a 60-day temporary enforcement period during which employers won’t be fined if they are working to comply with the new standard. It’s a good idea to start training your employees and getting the necessary equipment in place as soon as possible.
Overall, the new rule offers construction workers similar protection to that of manufacturing and general industry workers. Differences unique to construction include requirements that ensure multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards. OSHA expects that the rule will prevent nearly 800 injuries a year.
This new rule requires employers to follow several general requirements, including:
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