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Develop a written permit-required confined space program.

Identify and evaluate the hazards of permit-required confined spaces and the work performed, to assist you in developing your entry program.
(1) You must develop a written program, before employees enter, that describes the means, procedures, and practices you use for the safe entry of permit-required confined spaces as required by this chapter. Include the following when applicable to your 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, your written program only needs to meet the requirements of WAC 296-809-400, Employee training, and WAC 296-809-600, Alternate entry procedures, of this chapter.
(2) You must consult with affected employees and their authorized representatives when developing and implementing all aspects of your permit-required confined space program.
(3) You must make the written program available to employees and their authorized representatives.
(4) You must update your written program as necessary.
You can find a sample permit-required confined space entry program in the user guide located in the resources section of this chapter or by visiting the labor and industries web site at http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub or http://www.lni.wa.gov/safety/rules/helpfultools/default/asp.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 15-24-102, § 296-809-30002, filed 12/1/15, effective 1/5/16; WSR 04-03-081, § 296-809-30002, filed 1/20/04, effective 5/1/04.]