Confined spaces

A brief guide to working safely

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The leaflet is aimed at employers and the self-employed who carry out work in confined spaces, but will also be useful to anyone involved in carrying out work in confined spaces. The leaflet covers the following:

  • what a confined space is
  • what the dangers are
  • safe systems of work
  • emergency procedures

It explains, simply, what action is necessary to meet the requirements of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.

This revision contains minor updates but the guidance remains the same.

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Updated: 2023-04-12