At WKU, there are areas and spaces where workers must enter to perform work that are
considered confined spaces.
A confined space:
is large enough to enter and perform assigned work,
has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and
is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.
Some of these spaces on campus include manholes, tunnels, pits, and boilers and many
require a permit to enter. A permit required confined space has all of the above
characteristics and may have one or more of the following:
the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere,
the potential for engulfing an entrant,
it is so configured that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging
or it may contain other recognized serious safety or health hazards.