Confined Spaces

Confined spaces poses dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work.

Confined spaces often have poor ventilation which allows hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop, especially if the space is small. The hazards are not always obvious and may change from one entry into the confined space to the next.

The risks of working on confined spaces include:

  • Loss of consciousness, impairment, injury or death due to the immediate effects of airborne contaminants
  • Fire or explosion from the ignition of flammable contaminants
  • Asphyxiation resulting from oxygen deficiency or immersion in a flowing material, such as liquids, gain, sand, fertiliser or water.
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