Working in Confined Spaces

Engineer in confined space

The Dangers and Hazards of Working in Confined Spaces

A confined space is somewhere that is substantially enclosed and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the confined space. Working in confined spaces can be dangerous and it’s vital that workers are aware of the hazards involved, which can include:

  • Lack of oxygen
  • Build up of poisonous gases
  • Fire / explosion
  • High dust levels
  • Hot conditions

Confined space medicals are seen as best practice rather than a legal requirement, however, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state clearly that it is an employers’ duty to fully assess any risks which might arise whilst working in confined spaces and take steps to avoid or control them.

Lone workers who spend time working within confined spaces are expected to take adequate steps to avoid risk wherever possible and cooperate with their employer to enable them to meet their legal obligation.

For more information on how you can protect your employees who work within a confined space, call 0845 862 8040