OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 5 Confined Spaces

Highlights

  • The concept of a “restricted space” has been introduced to this Part.
  • Section 44 requires employers to have a code of practice governing the practices and procedures for workers entering and working in a confined space. (Section 8 of the OHS Regulation requires that the procedures specified by a code of practice be in writing and available to workers.)
  • Section 47 requires that employers establish an entry permit system for confined space entry.
  • Section 52 requires continuous atmospheric monitoring of a confined space if there is a potential for the atmosphere to change unpredictably after a worker enters the confined space.
  • Section 56 identifies the conditions under which an employer must provide a tending worker (trained in the evacuation procedures in the emergency response plan) at or near the entrance.