Where an employer identifies a confined space within its premises what should it do?

Reasonably practicable measures must be considered and implemented to enable work to be carried out without the need for a confined space to be entered. If it is not reasonably practicable for the work to be carried out without the confined space being entered, the employer must determine what measures need to be taken to secure a safe system to work within the confined space. A detailed risk assessment will help identify the necessary precautions to be included in the safe system of work.

In addition the employer must not let anyone enter or carry out work in a confined space unless, in respect of that confined space, a suitable and sufficient arrangement for the rescue of persons in the event of an emergency has been prepared.