Confined Spaces Legislation - NSS

Confined Spaces Regulations 1997

These regulations provide guidance on how to carry out work in confined spaces safely.  They also provide information on the likely hazards and suitable precautions.  The regulations and associated guidance are available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

This regulation covers all parts of the workplace.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This states NSS must assess the risks to employees.  Line Managers need to make arrangements for their and their employees health and safety by effective:

- planning

- organising

- control

- monitoring

- review

Personal protective and work equipment Regulation 1998

This regulation requires NSS to consider the impacts of personal protection on work activities.  You need to ensure suitable equipment is provided and used, and also requires Managers to consider the impact on work in confined spaces.

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

The Act places the general duty on you to ensure the health, safety at work of all your employees.  To achieve this, you need to provide adequate:

- training

- instruction

- information

- supervision

It also places duties on employees to take reasonable care of their own safety and that of others.  They must cooperate with their employer to help them meet their legal obligations.

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    National Services Scotland