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Safe Working in Confined Areas

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"Confined Space" means any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well, or other similar space in which, by virtue of it’s enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable, specified risk.

Many Hazards can exist in a Confined Space, some of which are:

  • Flammable Substances and Oxygen Enrichment
  • Toxic Gas, Fume or Vapour
  • Oxygen Deficiency
  • The Ingress or Presence of Liquids
  • Solid Material Which Can Flow
  • Presence of Excessive Heat
What are your Duties?

Employers and Self Employed persons have a duty to comply with the Confined Space Regulations 1997.

In order to ensure the safety of persons under your control you should:

  • Carry Out a Risk Assessment
  • Try to Prevent the Need for Entry
  • Use a Permit to Work System
  • Post Warning Signs
  • Establish a Safe Method of Work
  • Train Employees
  • Provide the Correct Type and Quantity of PPE
  • Establish Emergency Procedures
  • Follow all Recommended Procedures

Download HSE Booklet 'Safe Work In Confined Places' For More Advice

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