OSHA has finally released the Construction Confined Spaces standard. In addition to the Standard, OSHA has established an improved Construction Confined Spaces page, complete with four new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) handouts. The final Standard is what we were led to expect when we visited DC last month and more aligns General Industry and Construction practices. See OSHA Press Release.
"This rule will save lives of construction workers. Unlike most general industry worksites, construction sites are continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined spaces changing as work progresses. This rule emphasizes training, continuous worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers’ safety and health."
— Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels
Do not wait until August. Review the Standard and begin compliance as swiftly as possible. We’ll write more soon.