Confined space, in relation to a place of work, means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person and is or is designed to be at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space,is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
No two confined spaces are exactly alike. Type, size and hazards vary greatly, along with different standards, regulations and company policies that can apply to each working environment.
Safely handling entries and exits starts with identifying your work spaces:
Working safely in confined spaces is universal, but different industries present their own challenges:
Be ready before getting to work, so your team can safely handle all entries and exits.
Before working in a confined space, always start with:
Plan, Access, Work Inside, and Rescue & Retrieval: Learn what they mean and how to address each step.
View the video to learn more about the basic elements that make up confined space entry, retrieval and rescue.
Many health and safety challenges are associated with confined spaces. We’re here to help with a comprehensive collection of videos
Training can help ensure confined space entrants, attendants, supervisors, and rescuers are aware of hazards they may face and know how to carry out their job safely. 3M can support you with our instructor-led Confined Space courses.