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Spaces are considered "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines.
Crawlspaces: Beneath all buildings in Enfield and Greenwich; library room B-3; admissions; human resources (R. Stiles House); Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center
Elevators: Adele Simmons Hall, Cole Science Center, Franklin Patterson Hall, and Johnson Library
Manholes: Electrical, telephone, sewer, and storm drain (there are 4-foot, 8-foot, and 10-foot deep manholes throughout campus and one 37-foot manhole outside the Cole Science Center)
Facilities and grounds maintains a list of all confined spaces on campus and ensures that spaces are identified by signs. Manholes are identified on the campus fiber map, maintained by the director of information technology.
Departments in the program include facilities and grounds and information technology.
Confined spaces that require an entry permit, as defined by OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1910.145, cannot be entered by College employees. Entry permits are needed when (1) there is an atmospheric hazard that cannot be controlled by continuous forced air ventilation, or (2) when there is a hazard other than an atmospheric hazard that cannot be eliminated before entry.
The following parameters are used to define a "hazardous atmosphere."
Hampshire College has an industrial scientific M40 multi-gas monitor for testing confined spaces. Basic instructions for the meter are included at the end of this program (Appendix B). The meter is:
The M40 meter is a four-gas meter: oxygen, flammable gas, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide.
Barriers and air blowers are kept at facilities and grounds. The retrieval tripod is kept in the plumbing shop at Kerminsky House.
Only employees who have completed training for this program are authorized to work in confined spaces. An attendant is required for all work in confined spaces.
If Hampshire College hires a contractor for work in a confined space the following tasks should be performed.
Employees will be trained:
The training program will consist of:
While the entry is underway, the inspection and ventilation record will be kept at the work site and made available to all employees entering the confined space. After completion of the entry these documents will be completed and given to the supervisor for review.
Completed records will be maintained in a file in the environmental health and safety office. The sign-out log will be kept with the multi-gas meter at facilities and grounds. Instrument calibration records are kept by EH&S.
All records and other program records will be kept for at least one year after their annual review.
Training records will be kept in the environmental health and safety office.
Once a year the director of facilities and grounds and the director of environmental health and safety will review the confined space entry program. The review will include at least the following procedures:
Appendix A: Inspection and Ventilation RecordAppendix B: Confined Space Meter Operating Instructions