Duties of employers under National model regulations 2012
The regulation and the code of practice provides employers guidance on hazard identification, assessment and risk control measures, consultation and the provision of training, information and instruction to employees.
In addition to the general duty to control risk, employers are required to implement measures to control specific risks.
What do the regulations require of employers?
If you are an employer, the regulations require you to manage and control risks that are associated with small areas in the workplace.
First, you must properly identify confined spaces by applying the definition. Then, in consultation with a health and safety representative or external risk management provider, you must identify the hazards that are associated with entering and working in such spaces.
Next, you must assess the risks to workers who might have to enter the space. This means you need to determine whether there is any risk, i.e., injury or illness, associated with each of the hazards identified. What is more, you must record and retain the assessment.
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