Last Revised: May 15, 2024

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 & Gardens

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 & Gardens (PennKey required)            Log into PennKey using blue box in top row.                                           

Main Campus (pdf)

Confined Space Entry Permit Forms

Entry Permit

Alternative Entry Permit (pdf)