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Confined Space Regulations

Are any of your employees working in an enclosed environment? Have the risks to their health, safety and wellbeing been reasonably assessed?

Confined Space Regulations are there to help you stay within the law and protect your workers safety whilst in that enclosed space.

Confined Space Regulations define a confined space as any place in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk. This includes any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space.

The regulations state that a specified risk means a risk of serious injury to any person at work arising from a fire or explosion; the loss of consciousness of any person at work arising from an increase in body temperature; the loss of consciousness or asphyxiation of any person at work arising from gas, fume, vapour or the lack of oxygen; the drowning of any person at work arising from an increase in the level of liquid; or 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.

It may not be a simple task to identify a confined space because it may not be enclosed on all sides, small and/or difficult to work in or difficult to get in or out of or it might be a place where people work infrequently.

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