confined spaces

A confined space is 'Any place, including any: Chamber, Tank, Vat, Silo, Pit, Trench, Pipe, Sewer, Flue, Well or similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable Specified Risk'.


Confined spaces are dangerous due to their potential to kill quickly and with little or no warning. Approximately 15 people are killed each year, but the surprising thing is that around ten of these are potential 'rescuers'. This is usually because whatever killed the entrant can't be seen, and when onlookers try to help, they too are overcome by the same phenomena.


The main legislation is the 'Confined Space Regulations 1997', but other regulations such as the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also apply. These regulations require that:

a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks for all work activities for the purpose of deciding what measures are necessary for safety. For work in confined spaces this means identifying the hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take. In most cases the assessment will include consideration of:

  • the task;

  • the working environment;

  • working materials and tools;

  • the suitability of those carrying out the task;

  • arrangements for emergency rescue.

A crucial requirement is that all persons who enter a confined space must be adequately trained. Marsden Fire Safety Ltd offer a one day on site basic confined space entry course anywhere in the UK.


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