We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more.

 

Working in Confined Spaces

get more from

For valuable insights and solutions to all your human resource needs

For valuable
insights and solutions to
all your
human resource needs

Subscribe Here

What is a Confined Space?

Confined Space refers to any place, including any vessel, tank, container, pit, bund, chamber, cellar or any other similar space which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, creates conditions that give rise to a likelihood of an accident, harm or injury of such a nature as to require emergency action due to the presence or reasonable foreseeable presence of:

  • Flammable or explosive atmospheres;
  • Harmful gas, fume or vapour;
  • Excess oxygen;
  • Excessively high temperature;
  • Lack or reasonably foreseeable lack of oxygen.

Key Characteristics of a Confined Space

The key characteristics of a confined space are:

  • The space must be substantially enclosed;
  • There must be a risk of at least one of the hazards listed above occurring within the space;
  • The risk of serious injury from the hazard must be created by virtue of the enclosed nature of the space;

The potential injury must be serious and be such as to require emergency action to rescue the person involved.