OSHA issued a temporary enforcement policy for its Confined Spaces in Construction standard Aug. 3 following employers’ requests for more time to train personnel and acquire the equipment necessary to comply with the rule. The final rule was issued May 4. Full enforcement will take effect Oct. 2. 

In the interim, OSHA will not cite employers that make good faith efforts to comply with the standard, such as scheduling training for employees, ordering equipment, and taking steps to educate and protect employees from confined spaces hazards. However, employers that fail to meet the training requirements of the new standard or the previous standard will be cited.