Posted: 8 Feb '13

How to Write a Confined Space Entry Permit

Confined space entry permits are legislation required documents needed to enter a confined space. The reason they exist, is to ensure that every aspect of the entry has been considered, and planned for.

In Alberta, the Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code requires the following sections of the permit:

1. Each worker who will be entering the space must be listed, and the reason why.

2. The location of the confined space must be listed, one important reason for this is emergency response situations.

3. There must be a specified valid time, and must list when the permit expires.

4. The work being done, must be taken into account, and appropriate controls must listed (i.e. Eliminate, Engineer, Administration, and PPE controls)

5. The CSE Permit must also take into account the code of practice requirements for entering, being in and exiting the confined space. (Note: this would include the emergency response plan requirements, such as listing the rescuer training, required rescuer equipment, the steps to conduct the rescue and requiring rescuers to do a pre-rescue hazard assessment).

6. The employer has an obligation to ensure that before any workers enter the paperwork is properly completed, signed by a competent person, and a copy is kept readily available for those affected at the job sit. Part of being a competent worker is having proper training such as our OSSA confined space entry and monitor course.

Since there are many different types of CS entries that workers from various industries complete; (i.e. power generation, industrial services, oil and gas, commercial construction, industrial construction, etc.) the government has chosen to give general requirements, and let each employer decide what the best way is to apply them to the work-site. Each company follows the best practices for their industry, and is held accountable according to these.

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