• Dorset Health and Safety

Confined spaces



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).


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. Those killed include people working in the confined space and those who try to rescue them without proper training and equipment.


The HSE leaflet (Confined Spaces, a brief guide to working safely) explains what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees when working in confined spaces. It will also be useful to the self-employed or employees and their representatives. The leaflet will help you take the necessary action to meet the requirements of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.


For persons looking to widen their knowledge about the hazards, risks and control measures required when working in confined spaces can find the HSE Guidance document by clicking on the image above.