Covered in this course

The Confined Space Training - Working in Confined Spaces course is broken down into 3 sections.

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.

Two people working together in a confined space

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
Large image of a worker working in a confined space

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).

Diagram of things in place when working in confined spaces as part of our  confined space training

Confined Space Training Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Confined Space Training - Working in Confined Spaces course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Confined Space Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and all relevant approvals.

Confined Space Training Certificate

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4.06 out of 5

Easy way to learn.

great course

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Excellent easy to use course

Easy to use and the topics were well covered.

Excellent easy to use course

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User friendly course.

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Could be better

Would have been easier in Romanian or Punjabi

Very informative. Easy to follow

A very informative training program which refreshed everything I need to know about working in confined spaces

Really good and informative eLearning

Informative and easy to follow, which made for a great refresher (even if i did get one wrong - which goes to prove the value of the eLearning course).Well put together, thank you.

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Legislations relating to Working in Confined Spaces

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Confined Space Regulations 1997

The Confined Space Regulations 1997 apply where the assessment identifies risks of serious injury from work in confined spaces. These regulations contain the following key duties:

  • Avoid entry to confined spaces, e.g. by doing the work from the outside;
  • If entry to a confined space is unavoidable, follow a safe system of work; and
  • Put in place adequate emergency arrangements before the work start

Every employer shall (a)ensure compliance with the provisions of these Regulations in respect of any work carried out by his employees; and (b) ensure compliance, so far as is reasonably practicable, with the provisions of these Regulations in respect of any work carried out by persons other than his employees insofar as the provisions relate to matters which are within his control

The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, Section 3 (1)

Every self-employed person shall - a)comply with the provisions of these Regulations in respect of his own work; and (b) ensure compliance, so far as is reasonably practicable, with the provisions of these Regulations in respect of any work carried out by other persons insofar as the provisions relate to matters which are within his control

The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, Section 3 (2)

The Regulations give effect as respects Great Britain to points 6.2 and 6.3 of Part A of Annex IV to Council Directive 92/57/EEC (OJ No. L245, 26.8.92, p.6) on the implementation of minimum safety and health requirements at temporary or mobile construction sites.

Other legal documents that further support the requirement for adequate working in confined spaces training are:

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
Respiratory Protective Equipment at Work HSG53
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 1992
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
Work at Height Regulations 2005

Confined Spaces training also falls under the Construction Design Management Regulations 2015. You can view the iHASCO CDM guide here.

Who is our Working in Confined Spaces Training for?

Our Working in Confined Spaces training is particularly suitable for those (although not limited to) working in construction, installation and manufacturing, as these people are more likely to be working in confined spaces and poorly ventilated areas. Our course is suitable for all levels of staff - employees, managers and supervisors.

Examples of confined spaces

A confined space is defined as an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not primarily designed for human access. A space can also be ‘confined’ if its entrance or exit is restricted, either by means or size.

A few examples of confined spaces include:

  • Silos
  • Vats
  • Vaults
  • Sewers
  • Pipes
  • Access shafts
  • Aircraft wings
  • Manholes
  • Hoppers
  • Tanks

The dangers of working in confined spaces

Working in confined spaces can be extremely dangerous - most confined spaces aren’t even designed for human access! One of the most common dangers of working in a confined space is the atmosphere becoming oxygen deficient, this can lead to asphyxiation which results in either unconsciousness and in more serious cases even death.

Other dangers include:

  • Fires or explosions
  • Increase in temperature
  • Increase in water levels