Other PPE considerations for confined space

Confined space videos

Many health and safety challenges are associated with confined spaces. We’re here to help with a comprehensive collection of videos

Fall Protection in Confined Space

Confined spaces often present unseen and unique challenges. Confined spaces are areas that meet all of the following criteria:


  • Large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs
  • Limited or restricted means for entry or exit
  • Not designed for continuous occupancy



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Get in easily. Get out safely.

The know-how to navigate job sites with confined spaces.


Confined spaces. Unique challenges.

Download Confined Spaces Catalog (PDF, 10.4 MB)

No two confined spaces are exactly alike. Type, size and hazards vary greatly, along with different standards, regulations and company policies that can apply to each working environment.

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    Common types of confined spaces

    Safely handling entries and exits starts with identifying your work spaces:


    • Storage tanks
    • Culverts
    • Tunnels
    • Elevator shafts
    • Ductwork
    • Trench box
    • Utility vaults


  • Where they are found

    Working safely in confined spaces is universal, but different industries present their own challenges:

    • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
    • Chemical manufacturing
    • Food and beverage manufacturing
    • Oil and gas
    • Waste water treatment

Developing a Confined Space Plan

Be ready before getting to work, so your team can safely handle all entries and exits.

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    Infographic: Four steps of a plan

    Before working in a confined space, always start with:

    • A site evaluation
    • Identification of proper safety equipment and other required tools
    • A trained rescue team that has developed a pre-planning program
    • Certified training that involves practice and hands-on experience for all parties who will work in and around a confined space

    Plan, Access, Work Inside, and Rescue & Retrieval: Learn what they mean and how to address each step.

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    Key Training Requirements for Confined Space

    Additional Planning Resources

    View the video to learn more about the basic elements that make up confined space entry, retrieval and rescue.

    Evaluate - Permit Required Confined Space Checklist (PDF, 158.06 KB)

    OSHA Regulation Summary (PDF, 1.21 MB)

Confined space videos

Many health and safety challenges are associated with confined spaces. We’re here to help with a comprehensive collection of videos

  • You’ve selected the right equipment. See how to use it before stepping on the job.
  • Training can help ensure confined space entrants, attendants, supervisors, and rescuers are aware of hazards they may face and know how to carry out their job safely. 3M can support you with our instructor-led Confined Space courses.

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