Code of Practice for Confined Spaces - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this code if your business undertakes work in confined spaces.

Spaces are classified as confined spaces not only if they are a physically restrictive location, but also based on certain risks such as restricted entry or exit, hazardous atmospheres or risk of engulfment.

Examples of confined spaces include pipes, ducts, chimneys, silos, wells, shafts and tunnels.

This code provides practical guidance on how workers can meet the requirements of the Act and Regulations. Its aim is to protect people against the risks associated with the entry, work space and exit from confined spaces.

If your employees are required to carry out work in confined spaces, you should comply with this code, or an alternative code that meets the requirements of the act.

This code of practice is a Compliance Code. Compliance Codes are made to provide practical guidance to persons who have occupational health and safety duties or obligations.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. Failure to comply with a Compliance Code does not give rise to civil or criminal liability. However, meeting the requirements of a compliance code means that you have fulfilled your occupational health and safety duties and obligations in relation to the matters covered by the compliance code and may use this as a legal defence.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to work out the level of compliance (if any) that may be required by your business.

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.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance
WorkSafe Victoria

Act(s) name

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

WorkSafe Advisory Service
Department of Treasury and Finance
WorkSafe Victoria


Operating address:
222 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 4293
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

03 9641 1444

Phone:

1800 136 089

Fax:

03 9641 1222
info@worksafe.vic.gov.au

Website:

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