Confined Space Entry for Public Employees in Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 149, section 18B contains instructions for providing safety entry conditions for workers entering a confined space. To see MGL c. 149, section 18B click here.
Private employers: To comply with Confined Space requirements, private employers working on public or private property must comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146.
Public employers: To comply with Confined Space requirements, public employers must provide at a minimum:
- Evaluate space hazards
- Remove all hazards, if possible
- ie. Lockout tagout; drain and rinse contents
- Control all hazards that cannot be removed
- ie. Ventilation; fall-arrest protection
- Verify safe entry conditions
- ie. Test the air for Oxygen, flammable gas, carbon monoxide. Test the air for Hydrogen Sulfide, acids or volatile organic solvents as applicable.
- Document on a Permit: removal or control of hazards; and safe entry conditions
- Pre-plan and install self-rescue
- Train workers.
Under MGL c. 149 s 6, the Department of Labor Standards can issue a civil penalty for each violation. Public employers who implement a comprehensive Permit Required Confined Space program in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 will be considered to meet Massachusetts requirements for public employees.
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