Confined space training – What the regulations say employers need to do?

Employers are liable by legal legislation to follow safety procedures correctly, whilst ensuring every potential risk and unknown hazard has a suitable risk assessment. If procedures are not followed properly, employers may be accountable for injuries or accidents which have occurred; leading to large fines and potentially prosecution – dependent on the offence.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers working in the confined space services industry need to consider in their risk assessments:

• the task;

• the working environment;

• working materials and tools;

• the suitability of those carrying out the task;

• arrangements for emergency rescue.

Upon carrying out any risk assessment, if there is a high chance of serious injuries occurring, the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 state these key duties need to be followed:

• avoid entry to confined spaces, e.g. by doing the work from outside;

• if entry to a confined space is unavoidable, follow a safe system of work; and

• put in place adequate emergency arrangements before the work starts

Do you or your staff require confined space training?

Confined Space Services provides a range of confined space training. Fully trained with over 20 years’ experience specialising in confined space training, and with Site Safety Plus, NEBOSH and IOSH accreditation, you can be assured our consultants offer only the best advice and service possible.We can carry out our confined space training either on-site throughout the UK, or at our purpose built training facility where we can provide a number of different confined space scenarios depending on your requirements.

For more information on our confined space training courses click here.
Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg258.pdf

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