Confined Spaces

What is Classed as a confined space?

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

What are the "Specified Risks" of confined spaces?

“specified risk” means a risk of:

  • (a) serious injury to any person at work arising from a fire or explosion
  • (b) without prejudice to paragraph
  • (a) (i) the loss of consciousness of any person at work arising from an increase in body temperature
  • (ii) the loss of consciousness or asphyxiation of any person at work arising from gas, fume, vapour or the lack of oxygen
  • (c) the drowning of any person at work arising from an increase in the level of liquid
  • (d) the asphyxiation of any person at work arising from a free flowing solid or the inability to reach a respirable environment due to entrapment by a free flowing solid;

What are the rules and legislations?

Under the health and safety at work act of 1974 and other domestic laws employers are responsible for the safety of their workers. 

The confined spaces regulations 1997 also apply when there is shown to be a great risk of serious injury from working in that specific confined space.

These regulations should follow these actions:

  • Avoid entry to confined spaces, try and carry out the work from a different area if possible
  • If entry to the confined space is not avoidable then ensure a safe system of work is followed
  • Ensure emergency procedures and contacts are in place before you start work

What is confined space training?

Every year so many people die at work while working in confined spaces, this is usually due to the fact that they are unaware of the dangers and risks of working in confined spaces and haven’t been provided the correct training from their employer.

The purpose of Confined Space training is to give candidates a greater understanding of the requirements needed before working in confined spaces.

Who Should take part in confined space training?

This course is designed for anyone who is required to work in confined spaces as part of their job role, including employees, employers, contractors etc.

What content does the course cover?

The following course covers these topics:

  • The hazards associated with entry into confined spaces.
  • The legal duties of employers, self-employed persons and employees regarding confined spaces
  • The control measures required to ensure that work in confined spaces can be carried out safely and without risk to health

Hopefully this blog has gave you a better understanding of confined spaces and what requirements you should follow before carrying out any work in confined spaces.

Gaskell safety offer CITB approved confined spaces classroom training and also and introduction to confined spaces e-learning course.

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