Hazards for employees working in confined spaces and precautions you can take
Work in confined spaces can be dangerous. You need to be aware of the risks and know how to prevent them.
Use the links below to find information on common hazards for employees working in confined spaces and how to assess these. You will also find information about precautions you can take and your legal duties.
These regulations provide guidance on how to carry out work in confined spaces safely. They also provide information on the likely hazards and suitable precautions. The regulations and associated guidance are available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Visit the HSE site for Confined Spaces Regulations
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover nearly all parts of the workplace including outdoor spaces.
The aim is to ensure that workplaces meet the health, safety and welfare needs of all workers and cover many parts of the workplace, including doors, passageways and stairs.They cover the need for suitable lighting, ventilation, heat, cleanliness, rest areas and places to eat food.There are exceptions and separate regulations regarding work
Download a leaflet on this from the HSE site
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations state you must assess the risks to employees. You need to make arrangements for their health and safety by effective
Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 require you to consider the impacts of personal protection on work activities. You need to ensure suitable equipment is provided and used.
Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 also requires you to consider the impact on work in confined spaces.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act places the general duty on you to ensure the health, safety at work of all your employees.
To achieve this you need to provide adequate
It also places duties on employees to take reasonable care of their own safety and that of others. They must cooperate with their employer to help them meet their legal obligations.
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team