Free Confined Space Entry Permit Template
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Purpose of Document
Confined Space Entry Permits are used to manage the risks associated with entering and working in confined spaces. The primary objective is to ensure the safety of workers by providing a permit system to ensure safety protocols are followed. This form is broadly aligned with AS/NZS 45001:2018.
How to Use
This form should be completed by the permit holder (work party supervisor) and signed off by the site supervisor, permit authority or other competent person. This is a template only and should be customised for your business ensuring that:
- Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
- Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.
When to Use
A Confined Space Entry Permit must be completed prior to any worker entering a confined space.
Who Should Use
This form can be completed by the permit holder, with sign off being completed by the permit authority, Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other competent person in your organization.
Confined Spaces Entry Permits are legally required for any entry into a confined space. The following legal considerations apply:
- s(19)(3)a WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Work Environment
- s(67) WHS Regulations – Confined space entry permit
- s(291) and following sections WHS Regulations – High Risk Construction Work
What is a confined space?
Generally speaking, a confined space is an enclosed area that is not designed for human occupation that poses risks to the health and safety of those who may enter the space. We have an article that answers this question: What is a Confined Space?
Are confined space permits legally required?
Yes, under the harmonised WHS regulations, Confined Space Entry Permits are required prior to entering the space.
What safety controls are needed for confined space entry?
Safety controls should be tailored for the space. However, in general, the following controls should be considered:
- Safe access and egress
- Trained / competent workers
- Isolation of energy sources or valves
- Atmospheric testing / monitoring (and potentially respiratory protection or SCBA)
- Purging / ventilation
- Communication methods
- Confined space entry log
- Emergency response plan and stand-by personnel
Article Sources and Further Reading
- Confined Space (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-08/model_code_of_practice_confined_spaces.pdf>
- What is a Confined Space? Everything You Need to Know (Spire Safety) <https://spiresafety.com.au/resources/what-is-a-confined-space/>