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Confined Space Medical

A number of people are killed or seriously injured in confined spaces each year in the UK. This happens in a wide range of industries, from those involving complex plant to simple storage vessels

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Confined Space Medical

Legislation

  • The Confined Space Regulations 1997 apply where the assessment identifies risks of serious injury.
  • Wherever conceivable, companies should avoid carrying out tasks in confined spaces. Where this is not possible, you must assess the risks and plan how to control those risks.

What is a Confined Space?

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).

The space itself may be small and restrictive for the worker or it could be far larger such as a grain storage silo with hundreds of cubic metre capacity.

Dangers of Working in a Confined Space Can Arise due to:

  • Lack of oxygen.
  • High dust levels.
  • The buildup of poisonous gas, fume or vapour.
  • Hot conditions.
  • Liquids and solids which can suddenly fill the space or release gas into it when disturbed.
  • Fire and explosions.

You should ensure that your workers are fit to work in these environments and are able to escape safely if they need to

Medical Assessment

What is involved?

  • Health questionnaire.
  • Height, weight, BMI, waist and hip measurement.
  • Blood pressure.
  • Vision screening for near and distance.
  • Standard urine test for protein and sugar.
  • Lung function baseline.
  • Hearing test baseline.
  • Specific Questionnaire

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