The Technical Committee on Confined Space Safe Work
Practices put some “finishing touches” on the preliminary draft of a new confined
spaces guide at a meeting in Charlotte NC last week.   This best practices guide, written for all
types of confined space entries, will complement other confined space
regulations and standards and will provide more prescriptive guidance to
address some of the gaps in existing confined space documents. For example, the
guide provides detailed information on the selection and use of atmospheric
monitoring devices and ventilation.  It
also outlines qualifications and competencies for those involved in confined
space entry and rescue.
The preliminary draft of the best practices guide will be
submitted to the Standards Council for review at their July meeting.   Once approved, the preliminary draft will be
posted to the document information page www.nfpa.org/350<a>. The public and stakeholders can then submit public
input on line to help the committee determine what additions, changes and
enhancements should be made to the document.
You can sign up for “email alerts” located above the tabs on the
document information page to be notified when the draft has been posted.
The work of the committee is far from over! This has been a tremendous undertaking for a
relatively short period of time. The
Committee is asking the public, stakeholders and potential users of the
document to assist them in completing their work by providing input to make this
a document that can really improve confined space entry safety. The Committee will carefully consider all
public inputs when they gather again for the official First Draft meeting in
We look forward to
hearing from you as this project moves forward.
If you have questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .