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Confined space
Domain: Health and safety at work => Work places and equipment
Grammatical category
Noun phrase
Grammar notes
An area, other than an underground working, that (a) is enclosed or partially enclosed, (b) is not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy, (c) has limited or restricted means for entry or exit that may complicate the provision of first aid, evacuation, rescue or other emergency response service, and (d) is large enough and so configured that a worker could enter to perform assigned work.
Confined spaces include 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.

No person at work shall enter a confined space to carry out work for any purpose unless it is not reasonably practicable to achieve that purpose without such entry.
So far as is reasonably practicable, no person at work shall enter or carry out any work in or (other than as a result of an emergency) leave a confined space otherwise than in accordance with a system of work which, in relation to any relevant specified risks, renders that work safe and without risks to health.
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.
Definition source
Worksafe glossary (http://www.worksafebc.com/glossary/c.asp); Reg. 1, 4, 5 of The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997
European legislation
Directive 92/57/EEC
British legislation
The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997
Contained in
= Ambiance confinée