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WAC 296-809-20004

Inform employees and control entry to permit-required confined spaces.

(1) You must provide information about confined spaces as follows:
(a) Make available to affected employees and their authorized representatives all information and documents required by this chapter.
(b) Inform affected employees about the existence, location, and danger of any permit-required confined spaces in your workplace by:
(i) Posting danger signs;1 or
(ii) Using any other equally effective means to inform employees.2
(2) You must take effective measures to prevent unauthorized employees from entering permit-required confined spaces.3
Notes:
1 A sign reading "DangerPermit Required Confined Space, DO NOT ENTER" or using pictures or other similar wording employees can understand would satisfy the requirement for a sign.
 
2 Equally effective means must warn employees about the existence, location and danger of permit-required confined spaces for all affected employees.
 
3 Examples of measures to prevent employee entry include: Padlocks, bolted covers, use of special tools to remove covers along with, employee training, and permanently closing the space, such as welding it closed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060 and chapter 49.17 RCW. WSR 18-02-071, § 296-809-20004, filed 1/2/18, effective 2/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 15-24-102, § 296-809-20004, filed 12/1/15, effective 1/5/16; WSR 04-03-081, § 296-809-20004, filed 1/20/04, effective 5/1/04.]
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