OSHA Confined Space Standard for Construction

Optimum Safety Management has put together a number of resources for construction employers seeking guidance regarding the OSHA Confined Spaces Standard for Construction, 29 CFR 1926.1200-1213 Subpart AA, with good faith enforcement beginning August 3 and full OSHA enforcement beginning October 2, 2015.

UPDATE 10/1/15:

Full enforcement of OSHA’s Confined Space Standard for Construction is being delayed again for residential construction. In a policy memorandum issued today, OSHA announced that it will delay full enforcement for residential construction until January 8, 2016.

For more information, you can view the full policy memorandum here. Please note that full enforcement of the Confined Space Standard for non-residential construction employers is in effect.


A confined space is any location that has limited means of entry and exit, is large enough for a worker to enter, but is not intended for regular or continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.

There are 5 key differences in the construction rule, and several areas where OSHA has clarified existing requirements. The new standard addresses more directly the needs of the construction industry. Continue reading here: What You Need to Know About the New Confined Spaces Standard.


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  • Improved understanding of the new confined space standard for construction rule
  • Checklist for implementing a safety-focused confined spaces rule
  • FAQs regarding the confined spaces rule

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Compliance Guide: OSHA Confined Space Standard

This list provides a simple, overview level guide to complying with the standards found in 29 CFR 1926.1200-1213 Subpart AA. Register to find 7 necessary steps to comply and clear action-points to guide your organization. 

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