13 Monitoring Compliance with the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 Any

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13. Monitoring Compliance with the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 Any management system, if left alone, will deteriorate over time. Where entry into confined spaces are concerned this could prove fatal. It is therefore a requirement that where such entry occurs, Heads of Management Units detail what they expect to happen in their local safety statement, and also periodically monitor that this statement remains relevant and effective. For the University Court to assure itself that it is doing what it must, staff of SEPS will, from time to time, require certain information from Heads of Management Units. This will include (inter alia): copies of statements of local policy taken from local safety statements; risk assessments relating to entry into and work within confined spaces; systems of work (including permits to work); records of these and other related activities. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Safety & Environmental Protection Services 11 Telephone: 0141-330-5532 Email: [email protected] NOTE: PRINTED VERSIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT ARE UNCONTROLLED COPIES AND MAY BE OUT OF DATE. CHECK ONLINE FOR THE CURRENT REVISION.
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Appendix 1 - The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 - Commentary and Analysis This Appendix describes the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 (SI 197 No. 1713). Since some of the individual Regulations are for the purposes of legal formulation only, not all are discussed here. Their general features are described discursively, but some detail is included on those individual regulations which might have greatest impact on our work. The reader is referred to the Health and Safety Commission guidance on this topic which contains the Regulations themselves, and the cognate paragraphs of the Approved Code of Practice interspersed with HSE's guidance. These are available bound together as document L101, which is available from HSE Books; its ISBN is 0 7176 1405 0. Words or phrases used in this Appendix in italics are direct quotes from booklet L101. The Regulations are made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have the same legal force as it. They came into effect on 28 th January 1998. They apply to all work within the University itself and to work done on the University's behalf in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland, where similar but separate requirements apply). They also apply in a limited sense on certain off-shore structures. They do not apply below ground in mines or to diving operations where other Regulations apply instead. Regulation 1 contains the definitions used in the Regulations. It defines a confined space and the hazards of such work. It also describes a 'free-flowing solid' as any substance consisting of solid particles and which is of, or is capable of being in a flowing or running consistency, and includes flour, grain, sugar, sand or other similar material. The reader can perhaps add to this list in the context of the work of the University: agricultural slurry, cement or concrete, oil or sewage sludge; in fact any material which on close examination is a particulate solid, but which in bulk, and under some certain circumstances, could flow like a liquid.
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