Confined Space Entry

A confined space is defined as a space that:

  • Is large enough that an employee can bodily enter and perform work.
  • Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit (for example, tanks, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, and pits are spaces that may have limited means of entry).
  • Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.


Working in confined spaces can pose significant risks. All university employees involved with confined space entry activities must receive training and adhere to the standards outlined in the University of Illinois Confined Space Policy.

For additional information on the University of Illinois confined space entry program, contact the Division of Safety and Compliance at 217-265-9828, or safetyandcompliance@illinois.edu.

Alternate Entry Procedures
F&S Confined Space Entry Permit
F&S Confined Space Entry Program
F&S Confined Space Evaluation Form
F&S Non-Permit Entry Reclassification Form
University Confined Space Entry Policy