Confined spaces in farming

There are many potential work spaces that could represent a confined space on a farm or within another agriculture-based organisation such as:

  • grain and feed bins
  • auger and conveyor tunnels
  • additive tanks
  • fuel fertiliser tanks
  • water storage tanks
  • well pits
  • scale pits
  • milk, cheese, grape or wine vats
  • sanitary collection systems
  • crawl spaces and cellar

While these spaces are not designed for people to work in regularly, occasional entry may be required for inspection, cleaning, maintenance or repairs.

There are things you must do, by law, when working in a confined space. These laws are summarised on the confined spaces page.

There is also a code of practice on how to manage the risks associated with confined spaces in workplaces.

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