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PDFWAC 296-307-64602

Develop a written permit-required confined space program.

Identify and evaluate the hazards of permit-required confined spaces and the work performed, to assist the employer in developing its entry program.
(1) The employer must develop a written program, before employees enter, that describes the means, procedures, and practices the employer uses for the safe entry of permit-required confined spaces as required by this part. Include the following when applicable to the employer's confined space entry program:
(a) Documentation of permit entry procedures.
(b) Documentation used for alternate entry procedures.
(c) How to reclassify permit-required confined spaces to nonpermit spaces.
(d) Designation of employee roles, such as entrants, attendants, entry supervisors, rescuers, or those who test or monitor the atmosphere in a permit-required space.
(e) Identification of designated employee duties.
(f) Training employees on their designated roles.
(g) How to identify and evaluate hazards.
(h) Use and maintenance of equipment.
(i) How to prevent unauthorized entry.
(j) How to coordinate entry with another employer.
(k) How to rescue entrants.
For alternate entry, the employer's written program only needs to meet the requirements of WAC 296-307-648, Employee training, and WAC 296-307-652, Alternate entry procedures, of this part.
(2) The employer must consult with affected employees and their authorized representatives when developing and implementing all aspects of the employer's permit-required confined space program.
(3) The employer must make the written program available to employees and their authorized representatives.
(4) The employer must update its written program as necessary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 20-21-091, § 296-307-64602, filed 10/20/20, effective 11/20/20; WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-64602, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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