Confined Space Entry


Contractors working at SFU who may be required to enter a confined space must first clear it with with Facilities Services and the EHRS Department. The contractor is required to submit a copy of the risk/hazard assessment and permit (onsite documentation) to the EHRS department prior to entering the space. EHRS does not approve these procedures. The purpose of this is to ensure that the contractor has in fact gone through the processes required by WorksafeBC.

If EHRS has concerns regarding the contractor's process, the contractor will be contacted and the work postponed. The contractor must have attended a formal orientation session or be working under direct supervision of a contractor who has attended an orientation before any work can proceed. SFU's expectation is that any contractor required to be involved in a confined space entry will attend orientation.

One of the main concerns regarding confined space entry at SFU is the joint use of manholes. Both communication challenges and high voltage are factors that can be present in a single manhole. Always check with your project manager during the risk assessment process to ensure that you have all the information required to complete your assessment. For additional information regarding confine space entry at SFU, call 778.782.3867.

SFU requires the following basics:

  • Risk assessment
  • Site documentation
  • Worker training
  • Site orientation

WorkSafeBC requirements for confined space are stringent. Both SFU and WorkSafeBC require that a risk/hazard assessment of the space be conducted prior to any entry of a confined space. The risk/hazard assessment must be completed by a qualified person as defined by WorkSafeBC. SFU requires that any SFU employee entering a confined space be properly trained for confined space entry. Contact EHRS prior to conducting any entries.