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Environment, Health & Safety Alert
Confined Spaces in Construction General Awareness Training
In May 2015, OSHA published its final rule for confined spaces in construction. Recognizing that construction sites continually evolve as work progresses and that construction workers may perform tasks in areas that can be identified as confined spaces, like manholes, OSHA added some additional requirements to its original general industry confined spaces standard. Although the rule became effective Aug. 3, OSHA postponed full enforcement of the standard until Oct. 2.
The NAPA Health & Safety Committee has approved the general awareness training guidance. Please note that this guidance does not constitute training under the confined spaces in construction standard, but merely provides a mechanism to document that individuals in a road construction crew recognize any confined space they may encounter and understand that they are not permitted to enter it unless they are properly trained.
If there are any questions or additional information needed, please contact NAPA Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety Dr. Howard Marks.
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