Confined Spaces Code of Practice - Tasmania

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to operate a business which requires your employees to work in confined spaces, or if you intend to design, manufacture or supply plant or structures that include or are intended to include a confined space.

A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person and could pose a risk to health and safety as a result of:

  • an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury in the event of fire or explosion
  • harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants
  • engulfment.

Confined spaces are commonly found in vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, containers, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells, shafts, trenches, tunnels, or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures.

The code sets out requirements for specific controls measures including communications and safety monitoring, signs, isolation of connected plant and services, and controls to maintain a safe atmosphere within the confined space.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Ongoing requirements

In order to manage risk, you have a duty to:

  • manage health and safety risks associated with a confined space, including risks when entering, working in, on or near a confined space, as well as the risk of inadvertent entry
  • ensuring as far as is reasonably practicable that a worker does not enter a confined space until all the duties in relation to the confined space have been complied with, for example entry permit requirements
  • establishing first aid and rescue procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency in the confined space.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Justice
WorkSafe Tasmania

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries
Department of Justice
WorkSafe Tasmania


Operating address:
30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park
Tasmania 7018
Mailing address:
PO BOX 56
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018

Phone:

03 6166 4600

Phone:

1300 366 322

Fax:

03 6173 0206
wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au

Supporting information

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