When do confined space regulations apply?

Confined space regulations typically apply when workers need to enter and perform tasks in spaces that meet the criteria of a ‘confined space’.


The regulation places the following key responsibilities on employers:

  • Where able, avoid entering confined spaces entirely, e.g. can work be performed outside?
  • Should entry be unavoidable, ensure that a safe system of work is implemented and followed.
  • Establish adequate emergency arrangements before any work commences in the confined space.

It's important to note that confined space regulations are designed to protect workers from the risks associated with working in confined spaces. Compliance with these regulations helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of individuals entering such spaces and mitigate potential hazards.

Types of confined spaces

Common industrial spaces or environments that are regarded as a confined space include:

  • Tunnels
  • Inspection chambers
  • Enclosed drains
  • Storage tanks
  • Sewers
  • Silos


Some less customary, but just as dangerous comprise: 

  • Badly ventilated rooms/basements
  • Open-topped chambers/trenches/pits
  • Combustion chambers/flues
How can Mija Survey help?

We boast a range of CS2 – Confined Space Entry and Rescue Techniques With Escape Sets (RoSPA Approved) trained operatives that can offer you:

  • Safe working systems and method statements
  • Deep sewer CCTV drainage surveys
  • Innovative 3D laser scanning 
  • Comprehensive structural surveys
  • Photographic records
  • Accurate written reports

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