Environmental, Health and Safety Services

How do we address confined spaces at Virginia Tech?

A large number of confined spaces have been identified at Virginia Tech including utility vaults, tunnels, silos, tanks, equipment, and crawl spaces.  Only personnel trained and knowledgeable of related hazards may enter confined spaces.

Prior to entry, each space must be assessed by a trained supervisor and documented.  Identified hazards must be eliminated, isolated, or controlled prior to entry.