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What the law says.The 1961 Factories Act is the main law that applies to working in confined spaces, bolstered in 1991 by Guideline GS 5 from the Health and Safety Executive.

The law applies to any chamber, vat, pit, pipe, flue or similar confined space.The access manhole must be not less than 18 inches by 16 inches.No person can enter without suitable breathing apparatus and a rope with someone watching from the top - there must be a permit.A certified person may declare the confined space safe for entry without breathing apparatus following testing for gas.A sufficient supply of the following will be provided and kept readily available: breathing apparatus; belts and ropes; resuscitators; escape equipment (tripod, harness); trained staff.Supervisors and those entering the confined space should be trained. CONSTRUCTION NEWS