Last Revised: March 04, 2022

Confined Space Entry

A confined space is a space that:

  • Is large enough and so configured that a person can bodily enter and perform assigned tasks;
  • Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit (some examples are tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, vaults, pits, boilers, manholes);
  • Is not designed for continuous occupancy.

A permit-required confined space is a confined space that has a recognized hazard.

Entering confined spaces without recognizing and mitigating hazards can expose employees and potential rescuers to unacceptable risk. It is imperative that anyone who enters a confined space understands and mitigates the hazards and has the proper training and equipment to do so safety.

The University of Pennsylvania has separate policies that cover the following campuses:

1. Main Philadelphia Campus

2. Morris Arboretum

3. New Bolton Center

Permit-Required Confined Space Programs                                                         

New Bolton Center (PennKey required)          Log into PennKey using blue box in top row.                                              

Morris Arboretum (PennKey required)            Log into PennKey using blue box in top row.                                           

Main Campus (pdf)

Confined Space Entry Permit Forms

Entry Permit (pdf)  

Alternative Entry Permit (pdf)

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