OSHA Provides Clarification on Confined Spaces Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently consulted with NAHB to develop a newly released fact sheet to aid residential builders in meeting the standard issued in 2015 to protect workers from hazards related to confined spaces in construction work.

The fact sheet, in addition to a detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, stems from a lawsuit NAHB filed against OSHA seeking clarification on the confined space standard’s applicability to residential construction and it is the last piece of the guidance NAHB sought as part of the settlement.

The fact sheet clarifies some of the standard’s provisions and its application to residential construction work.

The fact sheet covers the following areas:

  • How employers can determine if confined spaces or permit-required confined spaces exist;
  • How common spaces in residential construction are impacted by the standard; and,
  • Specific obligations for employers.

NAHB has also developed a Confined Spaces in Construction Toolkit offering further information for home builders.

Contact NAHB’s Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242 x8507 with questions related to worksite safety.


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