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Working in confined spaces

Safety briefing - working in confined spaces

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures associated with working in confined spaces.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Working in Confined Spaces is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks associated with confined spaces and what they should do to minimise the chances of an accident/incident occurring.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the hazards and risks including a lack of oxygen, poisonous gas, fume or vapour, fire and explosion.


Control measures include following a permit-to-work system, completing atmospheric testing, providing staff with correct training and issuing them with personal protective equipment.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Working in confined spaces should always be regarded as high risk work.
  • Where possible, work should be completed from the outside.
  • Two people should always be present.
  • A rescue plan should be in place before work starts.

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