In some cases, permit-required confined spaces can be reclassified as non-permit spaces. Download the guidance document below and follow the instructions to temporarily reclassify a permit required confined space.
If you suspect a space meets the definition of a permit-required confined space, but you do not have a permit to enter, do not enter the space. Complete the Confined Space Evaluation form (below) and submit it to EH&S for evaluation.
The Hazardous Energy Control – Lockout/Tagout Program is designed to prevent injuries resulting from unexpected start-up, energization or release of stored energy during servicing and maintenance of equipment.
Hazardous energy, such as electricity, chemical, radiation, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gravitational energy sources, must be dissipated and isolated before servicing or maintaining equipment. Physical controls are generally known as Lockout/Tagout, or LOTO, and consist of locks and tags applied to the energy-isolating device of the hazardous energy source.
Confined spaces may contain hazards that can injure workers or quickly lead to death. Untrained and ill-equipped rescuers can easily become victims themselves. UW departments, supported by EH&S, must follow the requirements of the Confined Space Entry Program to ensure personnel working in or near confined spaces are protected from harm.