You may be required to issue this permit if you intend to conduct business or undertaking at a workplace a worker may enter a confined spaces. It is a general requirement that before employees enters a confined space, employers must give them an entry permit written by a competent person.
A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person and could pose a risk to health and safety as a result of:
- an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury in the event of fire or explosion
- harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants
- engulfment or an explosion.
Confined spaces are commonly found in vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, containers, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells, shafts, trenches, tunnels, or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures.
The permit applies to one space only, but it allows one or more workers multiple entries.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.