Confined Spaces

​​​A confined​ space is defined as:

  • an enclosed or partially enclosed space with restricted entry and exit
  • an oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range
  • a concentration of airborne contaminants that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation
  • a concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion
  • risk of engulfment in any stored substance (e.g. grain, sand or saw dust), except liquids.

Examples include: storage tanks, silos, ducts, chimney, underground sewer, or well or any shaft or trench.

No Department employee is to enter a confined space at any time.

The Workplace Manager and/or Management OHS Nominee are to engage a qualified contractor and for works to be conducted in a confined space.

The Workplace Manager and/or Management OHS Nominee in consultation with the contractor are to complete and sign a Confined Space Entry Permit prior to the commencement of any works in a confined space.​

For further information see the Confined Space Procedure below.

OHS Management System documentation

Policy​​Procedures​Forms​Guides​Other relevant OHSMS sections

Contractor and Volunteer Worker OHS Management

OHS Risk Management

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Legislation, guidance, and Codes of Practice

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017

AS2865 (1995) Safe Working in a Confined Space.

Confined Spaces - Compliance Code

Contact us

OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email safety@edumail.vic.gov.au

Further information

WorkSafe Victoria