QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Safety In Confined Spaces

Q. According to a December 2005 post featured on FacilityBlog, ANSI Standard Z117.1-2003 “covers confined space requirements with regard to identification and evaluation of a confined space, emergency response and rescue, permit and non-permit requirements, atmospheric testing, isolation and decontamination, lockout/tagout safeguarding procedures, personal protection equipment (PPE), and warning sign requirements.”

What are the equivalents to this confined space standard for the European Union, Canada, Asia, or any other region of the world?

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This question was originally published in the September 2007 issue of Today’s Facility Manager. Read Elledge’s response here. Share your feedback and suggestions in the LEAVE A COMMENT section below.


  1. confined space is that space, which is large enough and so configured that an employee can interd bodily and perform the work.

  2. Confined spaces are small and in that space only trained trench rescue technicians are allowed.

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