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Confined Spaces Checklist

____ Is there a written permit confined space program?

____ Is the program available for inspection?

____ Are confined spaces thoroughly emptied of any corrosive or hazardous substances, such as acids or caustics, before entry?

____ Before entry, are all pipe lines to a confined space containing inert, toxic, flammable, or corrosive materials valves off and blanked or disconnected and separated?

____ Are all impellers, agitators, or other moving equipment inside confined spaces locked out if they present a hazard?

____ Is either natural or mechanical ventilation provided prior to confined space entry?

____ Before entry, are appropriate atmospheric tests performed to check for oxygen deficiency, toxic substances, and explosive concentrations in the confined space?

____ Is adequate lighting provided for the work being performed in the confined space?

____ Is the atmosphere inside the confined space frequently tested or continuously monitored during the work process?

____ Is there an attendant standing by outside the confined space, whose sole responsibility is to watch the work in progress, sound an alarm if necessary, and help render assistance?

____ Is the attendant or other employees prohibited from entering the confined space without lifelines and respiratory equipment if there is an emergency?

____ Are all rescuers appropriately trained and using approved, recently inspected equipment?

____ Does all rescue equipment allow for lifting employees vertically through a top opening?

____ Are rescue personnel first and CPR-trained and immediately available?

____ Is there an effective communication system in place whenever respiratory equipment is used, and the employee in the confined space is out of sight of the attendant?

____ Is approved respiratory equipment required if the atmosphere inside the confined space cannot be made acceptable?

____ Is all portable electrical equipment used inside confined spaces either grounded and insulated or equipped with ground-fault protection?

____ Before gas welding or burning is started in a confined space, are hoses checked for leaks, compressed gas bottles forbidden inside the confined space, torches lighted only outside the confined space area, and the confined space area tested for an explosive atmosphere each time before a lighted torch is taken into the confined space?

____ When using oxygen-consuming equipment (such as salamanders, torches, furnaces) in a confined space, is air provided to assure combustion without reducing the oxygen concentration of the atmosphere below 19.5 percent by volume?

_____ Whenever combustion-type equipment is used in a confined space, are provisions made to ensure that the exhaust gases are vented outside the enclosure?

____ Is each confined space checked for decaying vegetation or animal matter which may produce methane?

____ Is the confined spaced checked for possible industrial waste which could contain toxic properties?

____ If the confined space is below the ground and near areas where motor vehicles are operating, is it possible for vehicle exhaust or carbon monoxide to enter the space?