A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed
(though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur
from exposure to hazardous substances or conditions within the
space or nearby (e.g. lack of oxygen).
Areas in the University that need to be assessed as confined
spaces include enclosed drains; sewers; store rooms containing
hazardous substances; laboratories where liquefied gases are in
use; walk in fridges; walk in freezers; and computer server rooms.
Some areas may have to be rated as confined spaces only when
certain activities are being carried out within them. This would be
the case when a laboratory has to be fumigated.
Any areas that are identified as potential confined spaces must
be registered with the Health & Safety Department and must be
For information read the HSE confined
YSJ Confined Spaces Policy (To be drafted)