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UpdatesMay 15, 2014

Working in confined spaces: Entry permits

A confined space is a high-risk working environment. If your workers carry out work in confined spaces, any risks associated with the work being undertaken in the confined space must be eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable. Ideally, this means that you remove the need for the worker to enter the confined space completely – but this is not always possible.

By Joanna Weekes

A confined space is a high-risk working environment. If your workers carry out work in confined spaces, any risks associated with the work being undertaken in the confined space must be eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable. Ideally, this means that you remove the need for the worker to enter the confined space completely – but this is not always possible.

If this most effective control measure to eliminate the risk entirely is not possible, you need to take the appropriate steps to reduce the risk and the likelihood of the risk occurring.Entry permits for confined spaces Any worker who needs to enter the confined space to perform work must hold a confined space entry permit.

Confined space permits serve as formal documentation to ensure that the safe system of work is followed and that it is safe for the worker to enter the space. The permit also confirms that the worker is authorised to enter the confined space.

Nominate a competent supervisor to issue the confined space entry permits on behalf of your business.

Remember, a permit is also necessary for the first time a person enters the space to conduct the initial hazard identification – but the permit will need to be revised after this based on the results of the hazards identified and the controls to be put in place.What information should the permit include?The permit must be completed in writing by a competent person and should include the following information:

Q&A from the helpdesk

Question:

As I am not a registered training organisation (RTO) am I able to deliver confined space safety training to my workers at a local level or is there a legal requirement for the training to be delivered by an RTO?

Answer:

There is a requirement that information, training and instruction needs to be provided to workers in relation to working in confined spaces, but there is no specific requirement in relation to who carries out the necessary training.

The requirement is that the training and assessment must be carried out and a record of the training must be kept for 2 years. This is in contrast to the training and assessment requirements for high risk work licence assessments which must be conducted by an approved RTO.

It is however recommended that any training in relation to confined spaces complies with the relevant Australian Standard – AS/NZS 2865:2009 Confined spaces.


And just quickly before you go…

Social media has been in the news again.

There have been an increasing number of legal cases that suggest there is still widespread confusion about an employer’s rights when it comes to regulating their employee’s social media use.

Joanna Weekes
Editor
Health & Safety Bulletin

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