Of all of the hazards in the workplace, confined spaces are among the most dangerous—for both workers who enter such spaces and rescuers coming to the aid of workers in trouble. To comply with OHS requirements for confined spaces, you first need to identify the “confined spaces” in your workplace and then assess the hazards in those spaces you’ve identified.
HOW TO USE THE TOOL
Adapt this confined space hazard assessment form, which was based on one created by WorkSafe Alberta, to be consistent with your company’s operations and other workplace safety policies and with the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS laws on confined spaces. A “competent person” should use it to assess the possible hazards in any confined space in your workplace before workers enter it. Once the hazards have been identified, take appropriate steps to address them.
Information on complying with confined space attendant requirementsA Policy Builder you can use to develop a confined space entry program
Information on developing a confined space emergency plan
A checklist of areas your emergency plan should cover
A chart of the oxygen limits for confined spaces in each jurisdiction
A Model Confined Spaces Co-ordination Document you can use for multi-employer work sites