Environmental Health and Safety

Confined Space

Program

American University is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for its entire staff. In pursuit of this endeavor, a Confined Space Entry Program has been developed to establish a safe operating procedure for employees and contractors entering confined spaces on campus. 

Associated Risks

A confined space is a space that has limited or restricted means of entry or egress, is large enough for an employee to enter and perform work assignments, and is not designed for human occupancy. These spaces may include, but are not limited to, elevator pits, cooling towers, boilers, underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, pits, vessels, crawl spaces and access areas above fixed ceilings. Employees who work in confined spaces face a risk of exposure to serious physical injury from hazards of engulfment, entrapment, and hazardous atmospheric conditions (i.e. being overcome by toxic gases and/or oxygen deficient atmospheres).