Title: An Overview of OSHA's Confined Space Standard for Construction

Overview: In 2015, OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction Standard went into effect. This came over 20 years after a similar standard was put in place for general industry. OSHA estimates this standard will save approximately 800 workers per year from serious injuries, as well as prevent deaths. Although it was late in coming - the construction standard includes requirements that differ from general industry and considers the multi-employer nature of construction. This webinar will go over what the characteristics are of a “confined space”; what makes it a “permit-required confined space”; some of the major requirements of the OSHA standard, including the differences between the general industry and construction standard; hazards associated with confined spaces and how to evaluate and control them.

Pamela Susi, MSPH, CIH, has over 25 years of experience as an industrial hygienist. She served for 23 years as the Exposure Assessment Program Director for CPWR-the Center for Construction Research and Training. She is a Board-certified Industrial Hygienist with a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at CPWR, her research had practical applications including studies that informed the development of dust control regulations for Philadelphia construction work. She has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications. She completed a four-year apprenticeship and worked as a journeymen carpenter before becoming an industrial hygienist. Pam has been with the IUP/PA OSHA Consultation Program for 3 years.