Confined spaces on farms
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 should do when working in a confined space. These things are summarised in the Get Grain Safe fact sheet.
- There is also a code of practice on how to manage the risks associated with confined spaces in workplaces.
- for farmers: National Farmers Federation (NFF)
- for commercial fish operations owners: Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA)
- for forest products growers and support: Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)
- for agriculture and fisheries workers: Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
- for forestry workers: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).