OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 5 Confined Spaces

Section 48 Safety and protection – generally

(1) An employer must ensure that

(a) if a lifeline is required in a confined space or a restricted space, it is used in a manner that does not create an additional hazard,

(b) the safety and personal protective equipment required under this Code is available to workers entering a confined space or a restricted space,

(c) a worker who enters, occupies or leaves a confined space or restricted space uses the safety and personal protective equipment,

(d) the personal protective equipment and emergency equipment required under this Code is available to workers undertaking rescue operations in a confined space or restricted space,

(e) equipment appropriate to the confined space or restricted space, including personal protective equipment, is available to perform a timely rescue, and

(f) a communication system is established that is readily available to workers in a confined space or a restricted space and is appropriate to the hazards.

(2) An employer must ensure that all personal protective equipment and emergency equipment required for use in a confined space or a restricted space is inspected by a competent person to ensure the equipment is in good working order before workers enter the confined space or the restricted space.

(3) An employer must ensure that written records of the inspections required by subsection (2) are retained.