You may be required to comply with this code if you conduct a business that involves working in confined spaces or have a duty to manage the risks of working in confined spaces.
A confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is:
- not designed or intended to be occupied by a person
- is designed or intended to be at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space and
- is likely to be a risk to health and safety from an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level, contaminants, harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants or engulfment.
Duties in relation to confined spaces include:
- managing health and safety risks associated with a confined space, including risks when entering, working in, on or near a confined space, and the risk of inadvertent entry
- ensuring a risk assessment is conducted, reviewed and as necessary revised by a competent person
- not directing a worker to enter a confined space unless the worker has an entry permit
- erecting signs next to each entry to the confined space
- ensuring, so far as it 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 meeting entry permit requirements
- establishing first aid and rescue procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency in the confined space and ensuring these procedures are practised as necessary, and
- providing suitable and adequate information, training and instruction to workers.