OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 5 Confined Spaces

Section 48 Safety and protection – generally

An employer must ensure that all equipment to safely perform confined or restricted space work, including personal protective equipment and rescue equipment, is available and inspected to ensure it is in good working order. All workers must follow the code of practice for confined space and use the equipment as necessary to protect their health and ensure their safety.

Lifelines can present a danger if they get tangled around equipment or wrapped around a protrusion in a confined or restricted space. Lifelines, in the event that they are required, may only be used in a manner that does not endanger a worker by creating another hazard.

Workers within a space must be able to effectively communicate amongst themselves (where necessary) and communicate with workers outside the confined or restricted space using a system that is appropriate to the hazards within the confined or restricted space e.g. communication equipment that functions in the presence of hazardous gases.