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Confined Space Standard
Permit Required Confined Space Entry Program
GENERAL COMPANY POLICY
The purpose of this program is to inform interested persons, including employees, that HOPE COLLEGE is complying with the OSHA Confined Space Standard, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.146. We have determined that this workplace needs written procedures for the evaluation of confined spaces, and where permit-required spaces are identified, we have developed and implemented a permit-required confined space entry program. This program applies to all work operations at HOPE COLLEGE where employees must enter a permit-required confined space as part of their job duties.
The DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND FIRE SAFETY has overall responsibility
for coordinating safety and health programs at Hope College. The Maintenance
Supervisor is the person having overall responsibility for the Permit-Required
Confined Space Program. The Occupational Health and Fire Safety Director,
will review and update the program, as necessary.
Under this program, we identify permit-required spaces in HOPE COLLEGE, and provide training for our employees according to their responsibilities in the permit space. These employees receive instructions for safe entry into our specific type of confined spaces, including testing and monitoring, appropriate personal protective equipment, rescue procedures, and attendant responsibilities. This program is designed to ensure that safe work practices are utilized during all activities regarding the permit space to prevent personal injuries and illnesses that could occur.
If, after reading this program, you find that improvements can be made,
please contact the DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND FIRE SAFETY or
Maintenance Supervisor. We encourage all suggestions because we are committed
to creating a safe workplace for all our employees and a safe and effective
permit-required confined space entry program is an important component
of our overall safety plan. We strive for clear understanding, safe work
practices, and involvement in the program from every level of the company.
To determine if there are permit-required confined spaces in HOPE COLLEGE,
the Director of Occupational Health and Fire Safety. has conducted a
hazard evaluation of our workplace. This evaluation has provided us with
the information necessary to identify the existence and location of permit-required
confined spaces in our workplace that must be covered by the Permit-Required
Confined Space Entry Program. This written hazard evaluation is kept
in the Department of Occupational Health and Fire Safety, Public Safety
Building. A copy of this evaluation is also attached to this Policy.
To provide a safe work environment and to prevent exposed employees
from accidentally entering a permit space, we have implemented the following
procedures to inform all employees of the existence, location, and danger
posed by permit spaces in HOPE COLLEGE. To inform employees of the existence
of a permit space, signs have been placed at permit required confined
space entrances. Employees can also become familiar with which spaces
are considered Permit Required Spaces by familiarizing themselves with
the Survey Results from Dell Engineering and attached map of the campus.
Areas designated on this map as Permit Required Spaces must follow the
instructions in this policy. Copies of this survey can be obtained in
the Maintenance Office or by contacting the Occupational Health and Fire
Safety Department at Public Safety . To ensure that unauthorized employees
do not enter and work in permit spaces, Danger signs shall be posted
near the entrance to all Permit Required confined spaces designating
them as off limits to unauthorized employees.
The Maintenance Supervisor, is the Entry Supervisor responsible for authorizing entry and issuing entry permits for work in our permit spaces. The file of permits and related documents are kept in Maintenance Department, Maintenance Supervisors Office or Main Office. The procedures we follow for preparing, issuing, and canceling entry permits includes the following elements:
To ensure the safety and health of our employees, before allowing authorized workers to enter a permit space, we evaluate conditions in that space to determine if the conditions are safe for entry. These are the procedures we follow to evaluate each permit space before entry:
To ensure the safety and health of our employees, HOPE COLLEGE provides appropriate equipment to all employees who work in or near our permit spaces. The equipment we provide to these employees includes:
We maintain all equipment in excellent working condition, train the
entrants in the correct usage of this equipment, and ensure that all
equipment, including that used for personal protection, is used properly.
We follow these procedures to ensure that the appropriate equipment is
being used by entrants Confined Space entry Permit must be filled out
and signed by confined space personnel and their supervisor.
Those persons who have completed the training and are authorized to enter our permit spaces (authorized entrants) are assigned specific duties and responsibilities which they must perform when they work in the permit space.
Those persons who have completed the training and have been designated as permit space attendants are assigned specific duties and responsibilities which they must perform in permit space job duties.
DUTIES: ENTRY SUPERVISORS
Those persons who have completed the training and have been designated as permit space entry supervisors are assigned specific duties and responsibilities which they must perform in permit space job duties.
Every employee at HOPE COLLEGE who faces the risk of confined space entry is provided with training so that each designated employee acquires the understanding, knowledge and skills necessary for the safe performance of the duties assigned to them. The Director of Occupational Health and Fire Safety conducts the initial permit-required confined space training. All subsequent training must be done by the employee's supervisor. Training related materials, documents, and signed certificates are kept in a file at the Maintenance Office. A copy of this policy is available from the Department of Occupational Health and Fire Safety in the Public Safety Office. Additional information or training materials can be obtained from the Occupational Health and Fire Safety office by calling extension 7999.
CHANGES IN CONFINED SPACE AREAS
When changes occur in permit-required confined space areas of our company, we do the following:
If we have reason to believe that an employee has deviated from a previously trained upon procedure or that their knowledge seems inadequate, Supervisors should:
RESCUE AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
In an emergency call the Department of Public Safety at extension 911
or if on radio, Base, H4, or H2. The Department of Public Safety will
dispatch an officer to the scene and if needed, additional assistance
can be summoned from the Fire Department or other agency.
When outside employers/contractors enter our facility to perform work in permit spaces, we coordinate entry and work operations following these procedures: confined space permits must be filled out before anyone enters a confined space on campus.
Upon completion of work in a permit space, we follow these procedures to close off the space and cancel the permit:
Constant awareness of and respect for permit-required confined space
entry hazards, and compliance with all safety rules are considered conditions
of employment. Supervisors and individuals in the Safety and Personnel
Department reserve the right to issue disciplinary warnings to employees,up
to and including termination, for failure to follow the guidelines of
this permit entry program.
We have attached to this plan any lists, samples, or procedures we thought would ensure better understanding of our written program.