CONFINED SPACE: KEEP WORK SAFETY
How Work in a Confine Space Safely?
Confined space is one which
is both enclosed, and largely enclosed, and which also has a reasonably
foreseeable risk to workers of fire, explosion, and loss of consciousness,
asphyxiation or drowning even risk of death or serious injury from hazardous
substances or dangerous conditions such as lack of oxygen. Some confined spaces
are fairly easy to identify, eg enclosures with limited openings:
You must carry out a suitable
and sufficient assessment of the risks for all work activities to decide what
measures are necessary for safety under the Management of Health and Safety at
Work Regulations. For work in confined spaces this means identifying the
hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take.
You need to check if the work
can be done another way to avoid entry or work in confined spaces. Better
work-planning or a different approach can reduce the need for confined space
If working in a CONFINED space, check:
ØWhether an entry permit is required?
ØThe atmosphere is continuously monitoring for contaminant gases by trained operators?
ØThere is a personnel trained in emergency rescue procedures at all times on the outside of the confined space?
ØThere is a physical link between the worker in the confined space and the rescue personnel?