The regulations and the code of practice provides employers with guidance on hazard identification, assessment and risk control measures, consultation and the provision of training, information and instruction to employees. In addition to the general duty to control risk, employers are required to implement measures to control specific risks.
If you are a person conducting a business or undertaking, the regulations require you to manage and control risks that have been identified in an assessment in the workplace.
First, you must properly identify confined spaces by applying the definition. Then, in consultation with a health and safety representative or external risk management provider, you must identify the hazards that are associated with entering and working in such spaces.
Next, you must assess the risks to workers who might have to enter the space. This means you need to determine whether there is any risk, i.e., injury or illness, associated with each of the hazards identified. What is more, you must record and retain the any assessments of your confined spaces. Risk control measures must be implement for any significant risk identified during the risk assessment.
We work closely with our clients to ensure that staff is adequately involved in confined spaces risk assessment and that they understand the process and requirements of law when conducting assessments. We also provide confined spaces training that can ensure the safety of your staff.
Confined spaces training
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