Confined Space Standard Operating Guidelines

In accordance with the University Policy on Environmental Health and Safety, this program shall provide minimum safety requirements to be followed while entering, exiting and working in confined spaces at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and other locations to which this campus has responsibilities. Contractors working on campus shall operate under their own Confined Space Program that meets or exceeds OSHA standards for Confined Space Entry.


The purpose of these guidelines is to establish procedures for the health and safety of all University employees who will be working in confined spaces (permit and non-permit required). In addition, outside contractors are responsible for complying with OSHA's confined space policy. Contractors need to coordinate their own confined space procedures in accordance with the requirements of this program, as noted in Division One of the contract.


This program has been developed to identify confined space, establish a required training program, implement an entry permit system, require testing for hazardous atmospheres, provide safety equipment and ventilation guidelines for confined space entry.