Public Review: CSA Z1006 Management of Work in Confined Spaces.

CSA Z1006 Management of Work in Confined Spaces  is now avail­able for Public Review. 

As new stand­ards are developed, and exist­ing stand­ards are revised, they are made avail­able for pub­lic review and com­ment. If you are inter­ested in Confined Space Entry, and would like an oppor­tun­ity to review the pro­posed changes to the stand­ard, read on!

Management of work in con­fined spaces, New Edition | CSA Public Review System

This Standard spe­cifies require­ments for and provides guid­ance on the activ­it­ies required to man­age all aspects of work in con­fined spaces in accord­ance with the Plan-​Do-​Check-​Act cycle and man­age­ment sys­tem prin­ciples such as those set out in CSA Z1000-​15, Occupational health and safety man­age­ment. This Standard spe­cifies require­ments con­cern­ing man­age­ment com­mit­ment, lead­er­ship, and par­ti­cip­a­tion, assign­ment of roles and respons­ib­il­it­ies, iden­ti­fic­a­tion of con­fined spaces, iden­ti­fic­a­tion of haz­ards, risk assess­ment, selec­tion and applic­a­tion of con­trols, design con­sid­er­a­tions, train­ing, mon­it­or­ing and meas­ure­ment, emer­gency response, doc­u­ment­a­tion, intern­al audits, and man­age­ment reviews.

Five inform­at­ive Annexes provide guid­ance on imple­ment­ing this Standard’s norm­at­ive require­ments, includ­ing sample forms that can be cus­tom­ized for the spe­cif­ic needs of the user.

This Standard provides:

(a)   An over­view of the steps an organ­iz­a­tion needs to take to estab­lish and main­tain an effect­ive con­fined space man­age­ment pro­gram;

(b)   Safety inform­a­tion for work­ers enter­ing con­fined spaces and for per­sons respons­ible for ensur­ing the safety of such work­ers; and

(c)   Requirements for con­fined space emer­gency pre­pared­ness and res­cue.

Clause 4 spe­cifies gen­er­al require­ments for a com­pre­hens­ive con­fined space man­age­ment pro­gram.

Clauses 5 to 8 spe­cify require­ments for plan­ning and imple­ment­ing a con­fined space man­age­ment pro­gram. Clause 5 spe­cifies roles and respons­ib­il­it­ies. Clause 6 spe­cifies require­ments for haz­ard iden­ti­fic­a­tion and risk assess­ment, devel­op­ment of entry pro­ced­ures, emer­gency response plan­ning, and assess­ment of work­er cap­ab­il­ity for per­form­ing assigned duties with­in a con­fined space. Clause 7 spe­cifies require­ments related to train­ing, Clause 8 spe­cifies require­ments related to con­trols, emer­gency response activ­it­ies, and doc­u­ment­a­tion.

Clauses 9 and 10 spe­cify require­ments related to incid­ent invest­ig­a­tion and ana­lys­is, cor­rect­ive actions, intern­al audits, and man­age­ment reviews. These activ­it­ies can help ensure work­er safety and facil­it­ate con­tinu­al improve­ment of a con­fined space man­age­ment pro­gram.

Changes in this edi­tion include:

a)    Improved flow and read­ab­il­ity of the doc­u­ment with the inclu­sion of addi­tion­al flow­charts and tables and restruc­tur­ing of con­tent and clauses;

b)    Added two addi­tion­al inform­at­ive Annexes to elab­or­ate and provide addi­tion­al inform­a­tion on res­cue plan­ning and atmo­spher­ic test­ing, mon­it­or­ing and instru­ment­a­tion;

c)    Updated the doc­u­ment to har­mon­ize with CSA Z1000, Z1001 and Z1002; and

d)    Elaborated on the inform­a­tion on work­space design and modi­fic­a­tion.

Use the fol­low­ing link to access the draft stand­ard and com­ment on any issues you may see in the doc­u­ment: Management of work in con­fined spaces, New Edition | CSA Public Review System

Thanks to Jill Collins at CSA Group for this noti­fic­a­tion.

Author: Doug Nix

+DougNix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Managing Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog.

Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity.

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