Confined Spaces Code of Practice - Australian Capital Territory

Description

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 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 required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336
Email: worksafe@act.gov.au