The Dangers Of Working In Confined Spaces

Confined Space Training is a necessary issue for a great number of businesses nowadays, with lots of tricky legislation to be navigated and adhered to before employees can carry out any kind of work in these environments. A confined space in this instance is defined as an area of restricted space which is hazardous either because of the work which will be completed there, or because of the lack of air or light inside. The area doesn’t necessarily have to be small and can be above or below ground. But what are the specific dangers of working within a confined space?

Many confined spaces carry the risk of there being a lack of oxygen. This can occur when, for example, rust forms within a steel vessel, or when there is some sort of reaction between soils and the oxygen in the air. In these cases, using the correct breathing apparatus is vital, though no attempts should ever be made to increase oxygen levels within a confined space as this increases the risk of fire or explosion. Other risks for those who don’t understand safe entry into confined spaces include sudden movement of liquids or solids (for example, grain within a silo) blocking exits or airways, dust given off in high volumes, hot conditions leading to an increase in body temperature and poisonous gases or fumes.

It is for these reasons that the correct confined space training is absolutely crucial. Essential Health and Safety are specialists in providing the sort of training that can prevent injuries and even save lives, and their RoSPA-accredited courses can be delivered at any workplace across the UK. Each course integrates a written exam with practical workshops to ensure that employees are taking on all relevant information, and everyone who attends and completes the course will receive a certificate demonstrating their success. Course content includes gas detection, carrying out emergency procedures and carrying out the correct risk assessments for the work they will undertake.

For employees who have completed one of these courses within the last three years, a refresher course is also offered. This recaps everything from the initial safe entry into confined spaces training course, whilst updating employees on any changes to legislation that might have occurred since the last time they completed the course. Courses are also available for those who supervise or manage confined spaces; these courses focus more on the identification of hazards, permits to work and taking the relevant precautionary measures before employees are allowed to work within the confined space. All of the successful participants receive a RoSPA-accredited qualification and are deemed knowledgeable enough to enter a confined space without putting themselves or other employees at risk.

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