Marine Safety Card: Entry into Enclosed Spaces

Published Date

October 2016

Marine Safety Card: Entry into Enclosed Spaces

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Essential for safety during entry into enclosed spaces, this card outlines types of enclosed spaces and the general precautions that should be taken before, during and after entering them. It also features a helpful step-by-step Safety Check List; clearly marked sections list checks that need to be performed before entry into an enclosed space and the card’s wipe-clean finish makes it easy to reuse each time these checks are completed.

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An enclosed space is one that has limited openings for entry and exit, has inadequate ventilation and is neither designed nor safe for continuous worker occupation. The atmosphere in any enclosed space may contain toxic or flammable gases or vapours, or be deficient in oxygen, to the extent that it may endanger the life or health of any person entering that space. As such, an awareness of potential risks is necessary for all spaces on board ship. If any doubt, any such space should be regarded as dangerous and appropriate action taken.


Cargo spaces, double bottoms, fuel tanks, ballast tanks, cargo pump rooms, cargo compressor rooms, cofferdams, chain lockers, void spaces, duct keels, inter-barrier spaces, boilers, engine crankcases, engine scavenge air receivers, CO2 rooms, battery lockers, sewage tanks and adjacent spaces or entrance lobbies may all be considered enclosed spaces and are potentially dangerous.

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.

It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.

With a growing membership of 180 member companies throughout the UK, made up of shipowners, professional organisations and service companies, we do not just seek to raise awareness of shipping; we work to create an understanding of it, ensuring that member companies’ commercial objectives are at the heart of the government process.

The UK is a global centre for maritime business and our location here, in a stable and business orientated democracy, provides unique access to a range of international bodies and influencers at a global level.

Title: Marine Safety Card: Entry into Enclosed Spaces
Number of Pages: 1
Product Code: WS1528K
Published Date: October 2016
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: UK Chamber of Shipping

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