Working in confined spaces

Confined work spaces refer to any space which, due to its enclosed nature, presents a risk of injury or fatality for people working in said space.

 

The risks of working in enclosed spaces not only affects those who have to work there, but also to the emergency personnel who may need to rescue them out of the enclosed space.

 

Some common examples of confined work spaces are

  • | Silos
  • | Tanks
  • | Vats
  • | Pits
  • | Trenches
  • | Chambers
  • | Ducting
  • | Unventilated/poorly ventilated rooms
  • | Flues
  • | Pipes

 

 

Hazards with regards to confined spaces

  • | Deficiency in oxygen
  • | Excessive oxygen
  • | Excessive heat
  • | Toxic atmosphere
  • | Flowing liquid
  • | Free flowing solids

 

In our next article we will be looking at what you can do to prepare for work in confined spaces

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