Working in or near an excavation
5.1. Training and competencies for undertaking excavation work must be identified, delivered, recorded and maintained.
5.2. Potential contaminants that could create an unsafe atmosphere must be identified and controlled.
5.3. A system which requires approval by a competent person must be in place before the commencement of the task.
5.4. Overhead and underground service location and minimum distances must be identified and maintained.
5.5. Methods of preventing a collapse must be in place for excavations, and where deeper than 1.5 m, this must be approved by a competent person.
5.6. Access and egress methods for entering and exiting excavations must be identified and made available.
5.7. Barricading and signage must be available to prevent unauthorised access by workers and public into the work area.
5.8. An inspection process must be in place to ensure excavation stability is maintained, and undertaken and documented by a competent person.
5.9. Emergency response and rescue equipment must be identified, set up, tested and maintained.