The purpose of the Physical Plant Confined Space Program is to identify confined spaces and their hazards, and provide the necessary training to facilitate safe entry. The Written Confined Space Program establishes  procedures that are to be used  for entry into confined spaces. Physical Plant employees are required to adhere to the program  at all times when entry into a vessel is performed.

The Training and Compliance Office (TCO) maintains a list of identified permit and non-permit confined spaces on campus that Physical Plant employees may enter, with detailed entry procedure documents.  Authorized persons who have taken the confined space training offered by TCO may access the Confined Space List (requires NetId login).  If you are not authorized and feel you should be, please contact us. Contractors should contact their project coordinator/manager for a list of identified permit and non-permit confined spaces.

Confined Space List (Sharepoint Site)

Other departments and hired-contractors may follow their own program if it is submitted to us for approval prior to performing work. Email the TCO Safety Programs Coordinator for more information. All contractor confined space entry programs will be reviewed to assure that they are at least as stringent as UVM’s program. It is the explicit responsibility of the Contractor to train and educate their employees prior to assigning them work at UVM.

Regulatory Requirements

External links to regulations on the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Website:

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146

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