Confined Spaces Code of Practice - Northern Territory


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.

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.

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Administering agency

Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

NT WorkSafe

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Workplace Health and Safety

NT WorkSafe

Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

Northern Territory
Operating address: Ground floor, Building 3, Darwin Corporate Park
631 Stuart Highway
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Operating address: Randazzo Centre
18 Katherine Terrace
Katherine, Northern Territory 0850
Operating address: The Green Well Building
50 Bath Street
Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1722
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 1800 019 115
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