Confined Space Regulations

H&S Confined Spaces Regulations 1997

Emergency Arrangements
From the 1997 regulations:

paragraph 5 (1) “…. no person at work shall enter or carry out work in a confined space unless there have been prepared in respect of that confined space suitable and sufficient arrangements for the rescue of persons in the event of an emergency, whether or not arising out of a specified risk.”

paragraph 5 (2) (b) “where the need for resuscitation of any person is a likely consequence of a relevant specified risk, the provision and maintenance of such equipment …. to enable resuscitation procedures to be carried out.”

paragraph 5 (3) “Whenever there arises any circumstance to which the arrangements referred to in paragraph (1) above relate, those arrangements, or the relevant part or parts of those arrangements, shall immediately be put into operation.”

From the above clauses, the provision of suitable and sufficient Emergency Arrangements is a mandatory requirement and, significantly, must be available on-site for immediate action. Sole reliance on the emergency services for rescue will not be deemed “suitable and sufficient”.

You can see the full regulations at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1997/1713/contents/made

or you can download the HSE INDG258, Safe Working in Confined Space, Jan 2013