Test 1

Confined Space Definition [The boring bit]

A confined space can be any place of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state:

“You must carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk for all work activities for the purpose of deciding what measures are necessary for safety”.

If the assessment identifies there is a risk of death or serious injury resulting from work in a confined space, then you must adhere to the Confined Space Regulations 1997. These regulations state that you should try to avoid entry to the confined space, however,

“If entry to a confined space is unavoidable, follow a safe system of work; and put in place adequate emergency arrangements before the work starts”.

 

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Is the space fully or partially enclosed?

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Does it have any of the 5 specified risks?

If you answered ‘NO’ to the two questions, you may still need to adopt some good practices when working in your space. Despite your answer – you need to ask the “what if…?” question(s). If the team need immediate help, you may need to plan, train and equip your personnel to rescue their colleagues in an emergency.  

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