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Duration: 35 Minutes

This course is recommended as a refresher for practical training which we believe should be undertaken for a person to be competent.

A ‘confined space’ is defined as anywhere that is substantially enclosed (although not necessarily entirely), where a person may be at risk from injury from hazardous substances or lack of oxygen.

Every year, around 15 UK workers are killed working in confined spaces and many more are injured. This kind of work can be extremely dangerous if the correct procedures are not followed.

This Confined Space training programme defines what confined spaces are, why they can be dangerous, what the law says must be done, and how the risks can be minimised. It covers the different kinds of confined spaces, as well as how to perform proper risk assessments and understand correct emergency procedures.

Confined Space training is particularly important for those working in Construction, Installation/Maintenance and Manufacturing (as well as anyone carrying out repair work or working with potentially dangerous substances in poorly ventilated areas).

However, we would suggest that it should be used as a refresher once a person has undertaken practical training.

 Confined Space Training – Working in Confined Spaces Course Contents

1. What is a Confined Space? Why are they dangerous?

What is the definition of a confined space? And why are they dangerous? This section answers these questions, covering dangers such as – flammable atmospheres, hazardous atmospheres, hazardous temperatures, drowning and asphyxiation. It also looks at dangers specific to using particular equipment or substances and dangers associated with particular types of work.

2. Legal Duties and Responsibilities


In this section we look at who is responsible for employees’ safety. This section of the course looks at: 

  • Emergency rescue plans

  • Risk assessments

  • Confined spaces regulations

  • Permits

  • Safe systems of work

3. Preparing for Entry

Before entering a confined space there are important checks that must be done. The atmosphere must be tested – the oxygen levels must be within safe limits and the same goes for flammability and toxicity levels too.
We look at purging and ventilation, isolation, cleaning and lighting.
Finally it looks at the equipment that might be needed – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).

Get in touch on 01206 363710 or info@helmsmanservices.co.uk to request a free trial.

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