You may need 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
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 to reduce risk to the health of your employees, and meet your occupational health and safety obligations.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be needed.