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

©   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

Doug Nix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Senior 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. For more see Doug's LinkedIn profile.