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MCAA Releases Model Program on Permit-Required Confined Spaces


ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) released a Model Permit-Required Confined Space Program for Construction. The program provides an easily customizable tool that enables MCAA member contractors to protect their workers from confined space hazards and comply with the OSHA standard, which becomes enforceable on October 2.

 "With the new standard becoming enforceable early this fall, we felt that MCAA members who perform construction work in confined spaces would benefit from a model program that can be tailored to meet each of their own specific confined space entry applications," said Tom Skaggs, chairman of MCAA's Safety and Health Committee, and vice president, operations for Murphy Company in St. Louis.

He explained that there are so many different types of confined spaces and mechanical construction applications that a single generic program won't effectively cover all the bases.

"You never know when you'll need a written permit space program," said Pete Chaney, director of safety and Health for MCAA. "Many construction owners require permit space programs, even when OSHA's new standard allows for alternate confined space entry procedures."

MCAA's Model Permit-Required Confined Space Program for Construction makes it easy for the user to create site-specific programs that will protect affected workers from confined space hazards, and assist affected company personnel in complying with OSHA's new confined space standard for the construction industry.

The Model Permit-Required Confined Space Program for Construction includes a model permit-required confined space program, a confined space entry preparation checklist, a model permit-required confined space permit, a side-by-side comparison of key differences between OSHA's construction and general industry confined space standards, and a summary of OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard.

The model program is available for download at www.mcaa.org/store, along with the many other industry-specific safety resources that have been developed as part of MCAA's Safety Excellence Initiative.