Health and safety guidance: confined spaces

Health and safety guidance alert: The Health and Safety Executive has published updated regulatory guidance surrounding safe work practices within confined spaces.

This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes. The guidance has been simplified for ease of accessibility, with particular emphasis on clarifying the definition of a ‘confined space’.

The updated health and safety document:

  • Details the regulatory definition of a confined space
  • Helps you assess the risk of working within a particular confined space
  • Guides you towards putting precautions in place for work to be carried out safely

Other changes to the health and safety document include:

  • A flowchart to help inform the decision-making process
  • Additional examples including new workplace risks such as specifically created hypoxic environments and fire suppression systems
  • Changes pertaining to the need to check, examine and test equipment

More information is available at the Health and Safety Executive’s website.

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