Safe Systems of Work
Safe systems of work are produced for most activities on a work-site as specified in The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and confined spaces are no different.
Deaths relating to work in confined spaces occur not just for people working in the confined space, but also from ill-prepared attempts at rescuing a victim. Safe systems of work prepare and communicate to all people involved what the risks are, how to avoid them, and what to do in case of an emergency.
Risk assessments and safe systems of work
The first duty of care you have is to determine whether the work can be done in a way that avoids entry to the confined space.
If entry is unavoidable, you must make sure there is a safe system for working in the confined space. A confined space risk assessment will identify the hazards of each confined space, classify those risks, and outline the precautions that need to be taken in order to work safely.
Confined space knowledge, training and safety
Putting the safe system of work into practice means more than printing out the risk assessment for workers to read. You must make sure everyone involved in the work is properly trained and understands how to do the work, and how to do it safely. This is outlined in Regulation 7 of MHSW 1999.
Our professional risk assessors can help you identify the hazards for each work site prior to agreeing your safe system of work and emergency arrangements. Their experience in the field both as rescuers and trainers gives your business the assurance you need that every risk will be carefully identified, assessed, rated, and the appropriate remedies and training established.