A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely) and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby (e.g. lack of oxygen).
Under domestic law (the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees and others. This responsibility is reinforced by regulations.
The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 - apply where the assessment identifies risks of serious injury from work in confined spaces.
These regulations contain the following key duties:
• avoid entry to confined spaces, e.g. by doing the work from the outside;
• if entry to a confined space is unavoidable, follow a safe system of work; and
• put in place adequate emergency arrangements before the work starts.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 - require employers and self-employed people to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks for all work activities for the purpose of deciding what measures are necessary for safety. For work in confined spaces this means identifying the hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take.
When you are working in explosive atmospheres, you can’t afford to take chances. Our ATEX products have been selected to provide maximum protection for workers in at-risk environments - and ensure compliance with the ATEX directives.
From tools and radios to lighting and inspection equipment, we offer a comprehensive range of ATEX solutions. Before every hire all equipment is rigorously tested, traceable to an ISO 9001 accredited system.
Our ATEX equipment carries the Ex symbol to identify it as approved under the ATEX directives.