About Confined Space
Learn about the definition of confined space. Find out about related laws and industry standards.
Definition: Confined Space
A confined space is any enclosed space, in which:
- dangerous gases, vapours or fumes are likely to be present;
- the supply of air is inadequate; or
- there is a risk of engulfment.
Examples of confined space include manhole, barge tank, ISO tank, bore hole, silo and reactor.
Laws and Industry Standards
As an employer, you are expected to comply with Singapore's WSH laws. You should pay particular attention to the following legislations:
- WSH (Confined Spaces) Regulations
- WSH (Shipbuilding and Ship-Repairing) Regulations
- WSH (Risk Management) Regulations
You should also observe relevant industry standards, such as:
- Code of Practice on WSH Risk Management (PDF);
- SS 568: 2011 Code of Practice for Confined Spaces; and
Please refer to the WSH (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification(PDF) for the full list of approved Codes of Practice you may need to follow.