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  • Health & Safety Memo - Workplace and equipment - Workplace - Working in confined spaces - 4150
    A confined space is defined as any area that is substantially enclosed and where there is a risk of death or serious injury from the conditions of the space or hazardous substances contained within it. Therefore, there are two elements to the definition: the degree to which the space is enclosed, and the risks posed within it. Whether a space is classified as confined may depend on the work being carried out. Obvious confined spaces include storage tanks, enclosed drains, sewers and silos. However, perhaps...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Workplace and equipment - Workplace - Working in confined spaces - Emergency arrangements - 4176
    Procedures, training and equipment must be in place before any work takes place in a confined space. It is not sufficient to rely on the public emergency services. There must be continual communication between those outside the space and those working inside so that the alarm can be raised easily. If workers have to use breathing apparatus, they must still be able to communicate with those outside the space. There must also be a way of contacting the emergency services straight away.
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