Confined Space Classification

Confined spaces can be found anywhere: below ground in tunnels, chambers, trenches and pipes; above ground in silos, vats, chambers, and flues; or even at heights in wind turbines, power stations, industrial complexes, and offices.

The Confined Space Regulations 1997 defines a confined space as “any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk.”

Know your risks

There are a range of specified risks that could be present anywhere around your work site. The law states that these risks include spaces where serious injury to a worker from a fire or explosion, loss of consciousness due to increases in body temperature, asphyxiation from gases, fumes, vapours or a lack of oxygen, and even the asphyxiation of a person arising from entrapment of free-flowing solids or liquids could occur.

Our classification consulting service

We will produce a confined space classification matrix after surveying your premises. This matrix identifies all the existing and potential confined spaces and ranks them according to the risk and difficulty associated with carrying out a rescue.

Knowing the risks means you'll be better able to determine your requirements in drawing up a safe system of work and your emergency plans, precautions and procedures, and be better able to meet your legal obligations.