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Summary of Spaces Assessed for Confined Space Survey

Alphabetical by Space Type

Space Code Space Description Hazards Space rating and controls. Signage Requirements Comments
Permit Required Confined Space
Air Handling Unit - where there is
a potential for a hazardous Permit Required Confine Space. Procedures
atmosphere exists - (e.g. to assure no toxic chemical will be No such spaces have been
hazardous chemical exhaust from Toxic chemicals. Mechanical generated in system during work are Post and/or Restrict Access to only identified or posted at this
SAP-PR-AHU3 a chemistry or biology lab). hazard from fan systems. needed, and lockout/tagout of fans. trained personnel. time.
Contract language should
inform contractor that they are
required to meet OSHA
confined space entry
procedures. Access to
elevator pits is restricted. Only
trained personnel should be
Permit Required Confined Space. Elevator Spaces are not likely to be entered permitted to enter and work in
equipment is maintained by a private without special access keys and elevator pits. Elevator pit entry
Hazard of elevator crushing contractor. UNL personnel enter for cleaning individuals entering space should procedures should be
SAP-PR-EP Elevator Pits someone in pit. and retrieving keys, etc. be trained on the safety hazards. followed.
Permit Required Confined Space -
Additional Electrical Safe Work Practices
need to be followed. Shut down of power to
the space required. Test atmosphere
Electrical Vault - Restricted Entry Atmosphere hazard. Electrical before entry and take precautions necessary A warning sign can be posted inside Utility Department personnel
SAP-PR-EV - Access through a manhole hazard. depending on the results. the cover. will post the spaces.
Generally, UNL personnel do
not enter these spaces but
work from outside the space to
remove ash, etc. Contract
language should inform
Fuel line. Hazardous contractor that they are
Atmosphere. Cleaning work in Permit Required Confined Space. Test required to meet OSHA
such a unit can create excessive atmosphere. Lock and tag out or block fuel confined space entry
SAP-PR-I Incinerators dust exposure. line. Posted procedures.

These pits are flushed and are

Livestock Pit-Under Floor of Permit Required Confined Space. Test rarely entered. Only one part
Livestock Pens - Animal Science Hazardous atmosphere. space before entry. Lock and tag out of the pit, the end near the
SAP-PR-LP Complex Engulfment hazard. flushing system. Posted drain, is deeper than four feet.

Entries most commonly involve

repair of the pump equipment.
If there is no hazardous
atmosphere, and all other
Permit Required Confined Space. Test hazards can be prevented by
atmosphere. Lock and tag out pump and lockout/tagout from outside the
Hazardous atmosphere, primarily other electrical equipment. Ventilate space space, then these spaces can
oxygen defieciency. Engulfment if necessary. If water tends to accumulate in often be reclassified as non-
Pits, including Sump Pits - greater hazard. Electrical and area quickly when pump is off, alternate permit entry for duration of
than 4 feet - AKA - Deep Sump mechanical hazards from pump pumping equipment may be necessary for entry. There are a couple of
SAP-PR-P2 Pits. equipment. work in the space to proceed. Posted exceptions, however.
Set procedures have been
established for boiler entries.
For other tank spaces, the
entry will depend on the nature
of the tank, it's contents, and
other hazards. In general,
entry by UNL staff into other
types of tanks is unlikely. For
Tanks or Vessel: Includes: Hazardous Atmosphere. Possibly Permit Required Confined Spaces. Test contractor entries, contract
Boilers, Water Tanks, Air Tanks, engulfment hazard or other atmosphere. Determine other hazards language should inform
Brine Tanks, Zeolite Tanks, Fuel hazard from failure to shut off associated with specific space. Determine contractor that they are
Tanks, and other tanks and valve systems. Possible electrical hazards to be introduced by the work in the required to meet OSHA
vessels large enough to bodily hazard. Possible high space. These hazards must be controlled or confined space entry
SAP-PR-T enter. temperature hazard. eliminated prior to entry. Post or train staff in recognition procedures.
Generally the steam tunnel
procedures can be used for
entry into these spaces.
However, the atmosphere of
these space must be tested
prior to any entry. In addition,
these spaces can be quite
warm, and work for extended
periods of time in the space
Secodary Steam Tunnels - Type Train individuals to identify confined may require a blower system
SAP-PR-ST2 II - Restricted access. Permit Required Confined Spaces. sections. for cooling.
Permit Required Confined Space - other
spaces within the Food Industry building are
not large enough for bodily entry. Note the
Spray Dryer - Food Industry blender and mixer tank are covered under
SAP-PR-SD Complex. the tank section. Post
Non-Permit Required Confined Space
SAP-NP-P Planter - Kiem Plant Science Non-Permit Required Confined Space. Build a top to prevent entry

Although Ceiling Crawl Space are "confined

spaces", these spaces have either natural or
permanent mechanical ventilation to prevent
the accumulation of a hazardous
atmosphere, and they do not present
engulfment or other serious hazards under
normal entry conditions. However, work to
be done in the space might introduce a
hazard requiring the entry to be permit entry,
and this needs to be evaluated. In addition,
if there are any obvious signs that there is a
change to the space, for example and
unusual odor coming from the space, the
situation should be evaluated by an entry
SAP-NP-CCS Ceiling Crawl Spaces supervisor befor the entry is begun. No signs required.
Summary of Spaces Assessed for Confined Space Survey
Alphabetical by Space Type

AHU - Type 3 - Whole Body Entry

required or possible in order to
change filters or perform
maintenance and access is not
restricted. These AHU have full or Non-Permit Required Confined Space See Post and/or Restrict Access to only
SAP-NC-AHU3 near full size doors. note: (2), (3) trained personnel

Non Confined Space

Air Handling Units (AHU1) - Type
I - Can not be bodily entered Does not meet the OSHA definition of a Confined Space Signs Not
SAP-NC-AHU1 (Whole Body) confined space. See note: (1) Required.

AHU- Type 2A - Whole Body

Entry required or possible to Confined Space Signs Not
change filters or perform Required. However, lockout tagout
maintenance and access is not Does not meet the OSHA definition of a of fan systems may be required for
SAP-NC-AHU2A restricted (i.e. full size doors). confined space. See note: (2) safe entry into these spaces.

Because permit required confined

spaces are located within the steam
Much of the Steam Tunnel is designed for tunnel system - recommend all
human occupancy (e.g. sections that are steam-tunnels interior accesses be
large enough to work and walk in erect posted. Exterior accesses such as
posture and natural ventilation is manhole or Bilco ® type doors do
Steam Tunnels -Type I present- and electrical lighting is not need to be posted if kept
SAP-NC-ST1 Unrestricted access. provided. See note/s: (2), (3), (6). locked.
Pits, including Sump Pit - Less
than 4 feet, AKA Shallow Sump Confined Space Signs Not
SAP-Pits1 Pits Not a Confined Space. Required.
Does not meet the OSHA definition of a
confined space. See note: (2), (3), (4)
However, that does not mean that care Confined Space Posting is not
should not be taken regarding the type of required. It would be beneficial for
Offices, Closets, Storage Rooms, work done in these spaces. The spaces walk-in coolers to post a warning
Mechanical Rooms, Walk-in may have poor ventilation, and work with that volatile materials shall not be
Coolers and Freezers, Elevator certain materials could create an stored in walk-in coolers or
SAP-N Equipment Rooms atmosphere hazard. freezers.

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