Confined Spaces

Confined spaces increase the risk of hazardous conditions


Employees within a variety of environments that work in confined spaces are, by definition, working under hazardous conditions. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed standards for identifying, testing, and training in confined space environments. We provide confined space assessments, training, and procedures to ensure you are complying with OSHA confined space regulations and keeping your employees safe.

Confined spaces can include facility locations such as boilers, storage tanks, process vessels, ventilation exhaust ducts, sewers, utility vaults, tunnels, open bins, and open-top trenches. According to the OSHA definition, a space is considered a confined space if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Large enough to bodily enter
  • Limited entry and exiting
  • Not designed for continuous occupancy

Consultation for permit-required confined spaces


Our experienced consultants are available to help your organization comply with OSHA confined space requirements and employee permits.

  • Conduct site assessment services to define and identify all confined spaces
  • Test atmospheric conditions of the spaces for flammable gases, vapors, and oxygen levels
  • Develop safe entry procedures
  • Recommend appropriate emergency procedures for permit-required confined space entry
  • Recommend appropriate confined space OSHA signage to notify employees that a work area has been classified as a confined space
  • Provide confined space training to all affected employees
  • Conduct annual audits

Protect your employees from hazardous spaces and comply with OSHA regulations

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The Institute for Environmental Assessment, Inc. (IEA) is an environmental, health and safety consulting firm based in Minnesota serving the public and private sectors of education, healthcare, government, industrial, manufacturing, and corporate spaces nationwide.