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Confined space means a space that:

  • Is large enough to bodily enter and perform assigned work;
  • Has limited means of entry or egress; and
  • Is not designed for continuous human occupancy

There are two types of confined spaces: permit-required and non-permit-required confined spaces. This confined space program specifically applies to permit-required confined spaces. Questions and concerns regarding non-permit-required confined spaces should be directed to each respective campus' environmental health and safety specialist.

Permit-required confined space means a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Contains or has potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
  • Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant
  • Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which steps downward and tapers to a smaller cross section
  • Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard

Non-permit-required confined space means a confined space that does not contain or, with respect to atmospheric hazards, have the potential to contain any hazard capable of causing death or serious physical harm.

Read the full permit-required confined space program.

For further information about Indiana University's Permit-Required Confined Space (PRCS) Program and training, please contact Protect IU with the Indiana University Office of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance.

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