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Roger Williams University has a number of confined spaces on campus. OSHA defines a confined space in 29 CFR 1910.146 as a space:

  • An employee may bodily enter and perform work;
  • With a limited or restricted means of entry / exit; and
  • Not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Examples of confined spaces on the RWU campus include: sewer lines, telecommunications wires and cables, and domestic water lines all accessed via manholes, sewer pump pits, sprinkler pits, and water meter pits.

Confined spaces that have additional hazards are called “permit required confined spaces” (PRCS). A PRCS meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Contains, or could potentially contain, a hazardous atmosphere;
  • Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant;
  • Has an internal configuration where an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or downward-sloping floors with a tapering cross-section; and / or;
  • Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

All confined space entries on campus will be performed in accordance with OSHA requirements and the site-specific protocols in the RWU Confined Space Entry Policy.

RWU Confined Space Entry Policy