Safe Work in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces can be deadly not only to people working in the confined space but those who try and rescue them without the proper training and equipment.

Don't be a statistic, get properly trained before it's too late

Duration of our training course is one day and the course content is as follows:-

  • Past case histories of confined space deaths
  • Confined space regulation 1997 & GS5
  • PUWER regulations 1998
  • EN40
  • What is a confined space?
  • Recognition of confined spaces
  • Emergency procedures including the initiation of an emergency response
  • Gas detection equipment and gas properties which you are liable to encounter
  • Apparatus checking procedures
  • Escape breathing apparatus, either compressed air, or chemical oxygen
  • Use of harness winches and tripods
  • Identifying defects and dealing with malfunctions
  • Safe systems of work and permits
  • Practical test
  • Test Paper
  • Feedback and questions
What is a confined space?

It can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (Lack of oxygen). Some confined spaces are fairly easy to identify, e.g. enclosures with limited openings:

Danger: Confined Space
  • Storage tanks
  • Silos
  • Reaction vessels
  • Enclosed drains
  • Sewers

Others may be less obvious, but can be equally dangerous, for example:

  • Open-topped chambers
  • Vats
  • Combustion chambers in furnaces
  • Ductwork
  • Trenches
  • Unventilated or poorly ventilated rooms
Approved Code of Practice

We would recommend the approved code of practice, Regulations and Guidance 1997 issued by the HSE for a more complete view of working in confined spaces.

Regulation 5: Training confined spaces

Those likely to be involved in any emergency rescue should be trained for that purpose. The training needs for each individual will vary according to their designated role. It is important that Confined space refresher training is organised and available on a regular basis, for example annually.

Regulation 4: Testing/monitoring the atmosphere

The atmosphere within the confined space should be tested for hazardous gases and if necessary purging out and provide continuous air movement during operation.

Regulation 5: Resuscitation training

These are simple procedures that most people would be capable of carrying out providing they have been trained.

We offer FIRST AID training to
complement confined spaces training

A First Aid Practical

It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of confined spaces. Some places may become confined spaces when work is carried out, or during their construction, fabrication or subsequent modification.

Industrial Training Services Ltd

Provide many different safety training courses, so make sure that your employees are adequately trained and maintain their knowledge by attending refresher courses on a regular basis.

Industrial Training Services has been delivering Confined space training
since 1995, and has certificated many people during this time, enhancing
their qualifications and job prospects. All our training is delivered by
qualified instructors and with many also approved assessors so not only
can we start you off on the right foot we can also complete your knowledge
with qualifications to match.