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THE CHALLENGE OF OSHA’S STANDARD ON PERMIT-REQUIRED CONFINED SPACE RESCUE

Issue 9 and Volume 147.

THE CHALLENGE OF OSHA’S STANDARD ON PERMIT-REQUIRED CONFINED SPACE RESCUE On January 14, 1993, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its Final Rule for Permit-Required Confined Spaces for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.146) in the Federal Register. The final rule, which became effective April 15, 1993, was the culmination of nearly 18 years of efforts by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z1 17 committee, and others to address this issue. Industry can meet the terms of the requirement using its own employees to provide the required rescue services or by arranging for these services to be provided by an outside organization. “Rescue services.” as defined in the standard, is a broad concept covering any personnel designated to rescue employees from permit spaces. Smalland mediumsized private employers, as well as some larger ones, undoubtedly…

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