The temporary stay on Confined Spaces in Construction Standard (CSCS) has ended this week by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The temporary stay began Aug. 3, 2015 where OSHA did not issue citations under the CSCS to “an employer engaged in residential construction work if the employer is making good faith efforts to comply with the standard, as long as the employer is in compliance with either the training requirement.”
Confined spaces applies to “workers who enter spaces that are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency such as manholes and crawl spaces.”
The end of the temporary stay rule now means that, according to the National Association of Home Builders, employers must:
- Evaluate the jobsite to identify confined spaces.
- Develop a written program and permitting system for permit-required confined spaces.
- Control physical hazards and conduct monitoring for atmospheric hazards in confined spaces that are permit required.
- Provide training for confined space entrants, attendants, supervisors and emergency duties.