Trust Workplace Access & Safety to Conduct Your Confined Space Inspection

If your employees or contractors need to enter a confined space to carry out work, you have a legal obligation to keep them safe in line with Australian Standard AS 2865-2009 and the confined spaces Code of Practice. There are many dangers associated with working in a confined space including poor ventilation and the potential for hazardous atmospheres forming although the hazards are not always immediately apparent. Furthermore, the hazards may vary depending on the type, the access and size of space. Risks associated with working in confined spaces include injury, impairment, loss of consciousness and death.

Before entering a confined space, the internal atmosphere should be tested. This requires using calibrated direct-reading instruments to test for oxygen content, flammable gases and vapours and potential toxic air contaminants.

Alongside our confined space audits and confined space testing we can also conduct confined space equipment inspections on all safety equipment used in confined spaces. Such as Harnesses, Lanyards, Slings, Tripods, Karabiners, and rope grabs.

roof access using ladder platform to access hatch

Do you have an up-to-date Asset register and relevant documentation? (Updated within the last 2 years)

Examining all relevant documents related to confined spaces within the organization and ensuring that all documentation is up-to-date and compliant with regulations. These documents include:

  • Confined space entry permits – ensuring employees with access to confined spaces have current permits/ licenses and are trained accordingly.
  • Existing Procedures – reviewing the documented procedures and protocols that are currently in place for managing confined spaces. Including procedures for entry, exit, ventilation, communication, monitoring, and emergency response.
  • Prior risk assessment – if conducted previously, examining the hazards/casualties identified and understanding what control measures were taken.
  • Existing rescue plans – evaluating existing rescue plans, having a mock rescue drill, and ensuring all employees are familiar with their roles and responsibilities during a confined space rescue operation.

Have you had each confined space risk assessed and inspected?

  • Access + Egress
  • Signage assessment
  • Air quality
  • Equipment fit for purpose.
  • Rescue plans

Do you have a site layout plan with all the confined spaces labelled?

Having a site layout plan with confined spaces labeled serves as a crucial tool for ensuring the safety of workers and visitors on the site by providing clear information about the location, characteristics, and hazards associated with confined spaces.

Our inspection process

Our 6-step inspection process has been designed using our 20 years of industry experience and hands-on height safety and confined space knowledge. We also regularly review our processes to ensure the services we provide align with the latest industry standards and Australian regulations.

Documentation review and preparation

On-site inspection and assessment

Inspection analysis and reporting

Client review and report discussion

Procedure manual Update

Rescue plans update

Our 6-step inspection process

This process, developed over our 20 years in the industry, has assisted in many of our confined space inspections and risk assessments.

1. Documentation review and preparation

The process begins even before we arrive on site. Our experts will request and review any available preceding reports, procedures, rescue manuals and asset registers related to confined spaces.  This will enable us to assist and determine the scope of the service and expertise required on-site for your inspection/ audit. Working with your team, we’ll book in an inspection time that works best for you as well as provide any pre-inspection details we’ll need your assistance with.

2. On-site inspection and assessment

Our certified team of experts will arrive on site and begin your inspection. Our inspector will first determine if it is a confined space. Once confirmed the inspection will consist of assessing the confined space access and egress, atmospheric testing (including air quality testing and equipment fit for purpose). Any unfit equipment will be ‘tagged out’ and you will be made aware of any dangers. The inspection/ audit will conclude with asset tagging, labeling and mapping of each confined space.

3. Inspection analysis and reporting

Once the inspection is complete, our height safety consultants will collate all the findings into a detailed compliance inspection/ risk assessment report. The report provides an analysis of all your confined space equipment and systems inspected, detailed next steps, any actions, and recommendations you need to take to be compliant. The final report is then peer reviewed by another certified expert in our team and signed and approved by our WAS signatory.

Following the finalized report, it will be uploaded into our client portal for your easy access. To make accessing test records and certifications easier, the portal will include all assets tested and tagged (including their corresponding QR codes). Any additional resources including site layout plan with all the confined spaced labelled and QR tagged will be uploaded.

4. Client review and report discussion

Working with your team, we’ll organise a meeting for our consultant to visit onsite to discuss the findings and create a plan for the implementation of the recommendations.

5. Procedure manual update

Utilising the report, a procedure manual and an asset register should be generated or updated for each confined space so that any workers or personnel accessing the confined space will have a plan of action and know what to look out for. Our team of experts will guide you in revising the manuals and asset registers for each of the confined spaces.

6. Rescue plan update

After reviewing the provided report and recommendations, and implementing any necessary actions, the site can create or update the existing rescue plans accordingly. Our team of experts will offer recommendations on how best to prevent any accidents related to the assessed confined spaces.

Relevant Legislation

Confined space code of practice 2020

This Code of Practice outlines the risks associated with confined spaces and how workplaces must manage and control work around them.

It is an approved code of practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety

Act (WHS Act).

It primarily acts as a guide to those who:

  • Manage / control work in a confined space.
  • Design, manufacture or supply plants or structures that include a confined space.

Australian Standard 2865-2009

If your employees or contractors need to enter a confined space to carry out work, you have a legal obligation to keep them safe in line with Australian Standard AS 2865-2009 Confined Spaces.

This Standard sets out the requirements and procedures for designers, manufacturers, suppliers, modifiers, employers, persons in control and employees to ensure the health and safety of persons required to enter or work in a confined space.

Our services

  • confined space inspection
  • confined space risk assessment
  • confined space ladder inspection
  • confined space load testing
  • confined space air quality space testing

Not sure what inspections you need?

Our certified specialists can advise of any inspection and equipment recertification requirements you need.
Chat to one of our local height safety experts to discuss your building’s safety requirements.

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Additional Resources

Confined Space Drawings

Site Confined Space Layout Plan