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SiP015 – Guidance on Confined Spaces in Ports

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This guidance has been collectively produced by the ports industry with the support of the Health and Safety Executive.

It is intended for companies operating in the UK ports industry with a duty of care and responsibility for the safe design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of ports and terminal facilities and management of port and terminal activities. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.

Following the guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance. If the guidance goes beyond compliance, then this will be clearly identified.

It is Port Skills and Safety (PSS) policy to obtain permission to link to external web sites, and contextual links are provided to such sites where appropriate to the industries business. PSS is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of, information on sites that it does not manage; nor should the inclusion of a hyperlink be taken to mean endorsement by PSS of the site to which it points.

PLEASE NOTE: This SiP is available in ‘Draft’ form. This reflects the level of development achieved by the past PSS ‘Port Skills and Safety Group’ (PSSG) alongside Unite the Union, and the incorporation of follow-on comments from the Health and Safety Executive. This SiP is for reference only.


Staying safe in confined spaces training video

PSS has also produced a training video on staying safe in confined spaces. Further information on the video and how to use it can be accessed on the webpage linked below: