Confined spaces refers to a space which is substantially enclosed. Accidents and injuries can often take place in these high risk areas. Due to the significant levels of risk associated with these types of working conditions and environments, work permits are often required.
What Is A Confined Space?
A confined space or area is any space which has restricted entry, access or exit. These spaces are large enough for a person to access to perform tasks. Examples of restricted access areas include the inside of boilers, storage tanks and underground electrical vaults etc. Confined spaces are common-place in chemical plants and in the process industry generally.
Confined Spaces Risks
Working in a confined space is far from standard or normal practice. it is usually restricted to activities such as maintenance work, however there are exceptions. The level of hazard means that working in confined spaces should be carefully planned and the first thing to assess is whether or not entering the confined area or space can be avoided in the first place
Typical and common risks within a confined space include hazardous substances and lack of oxygen. Confined spaces which present special hazards to workers include risks of toxic or asphyxiant gas accumulation, fires, falls, flooding, and entrapment.
Some of the afore mentioned are sometimes classified as permit-required confined spaces depending on the nature and severity of the hazard.
Confined Spaces Training Courses
Training courses are offered by many UK health and safety training organizations and can often be attended at a scheduled public course in many major towns and cities throughout the UK, however if you have a number of workers requiring training or certification, you can arrange for an instructor to come to your premises to conduct the course.