What is a Confined Space?
The Confined Space Regulations 1997 tell us:
A confined space means any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well, or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk.
What does that mean to us?
We should be assessing any space that we think falls into this definition and a good starting point is how enclosed it is. Some are easy to define some not so easy then to look at what a specified risk is and how foreseeable it is. The ACOP L101 put this into a very handy flow chart to help us to make these decisions.