Confined Space Procedures Awareness Course

Course Overview:

Confined spaces are a common feature of many workplaces and represent one of the highest risks to your workforce if the procedures adopted do not meet good practice. The Confined Space Regulations 1997 describes the requirements for assessing the risk of work in or near to, confined spaces.

It is mandatory for employees who have to work in, near to or manage confined spaces to abide by the regulations. The course will enable staff that have to work in, or supervise Low and Medium risk confined spaces to have an understanding of the regulations and current best practice to ensure that they can work safely.

Learning Outcomes:

Delegates on the course will develop:

  • An understanding of the definitions of confined spaces.
  • An understanding of the dangers of confined spaces as defined in the regulations.
  • Knowledge of the risk assessment process.
  • The ability to be able to discuss the precautions that should be considered when designing a safe system of work.
  • Understanding of the testing procedures that should be instigated prior to and during the confined space operations.
  • An understanding of the use of gas testing equipment to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Knowledge of the emergency procedures that should be put into place to ensure a suitable and sufficient safe system of work is available.
  • An understanding of the various types of breathing apparatus that is available.
  • The knowledge to initiate and undertake emergency procedures as required for the space.
  • Knowledge of in house and Fire and Rescue Service procedures in relation to confined space emergency procedures.

Course Syllabus:

  • Legislation/Risk Assessment.
  • Meaning of ‘Confined Spaces’ as per the 1997 regulations.
  • Duties under the Confined Space Regulations.
  • The specified hazards associated with confined space working.
  • Control measures (Permit to Work) procedure relevant to confined space working.
  • Safe Systems of work.
  • Role of the Entry Supervisor
  • Procedures for working in confined spaces.
  • Confined space Emergency Procedures.
  • Escape Breathing Apparatus equipment
  • Plant and equipment that may be required for confined space working.

Course Duration:

One day

Who will benefit?

Managers and staff with a requirement to undertake work involving Low to Medium risk confined spaces as per the Confined Space Regulations 1997. Examples of confined spaces may include: Trenches, tanks, silos, wells, pits, pipes and roof spaces.


A Confined Space Procedures Awareness Certificate will be awarded on completion of the course.

Training Method:

The training is presented by an ex fire and rescue officer with extensive experience.
Modulated multimedia presentation and practical rescue exercise if suitable risk assessed location available.
Assessment to confirm understanding.
Comprehensive course notes are provided.
Please note: Delegates should be able to understand technical input to get the best from the training. 


Up to 10 delegates from £1000+VAT

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Geoff Parkinson, Site Coordinator
Taverham High School Norwich
Extensive knowledge of these areas in which he is able use very good examples to bring into and enhance his training material.…
Bryan Hurst, Training Manager
Bernard Matthews PLC
The comprehensive knowledge and advice has been extremely helpful to our firm.…
Andrew Barnes, Managing Partner
Howes Percival LLP (Solicitors)
A very comprehensive report covering all aspects of fire safety as it related to our circumstances.…
Guildhall Feoffment Trust (Bury St. Edmunds)
All fire marshals and deputy fire marshals have received comprehensive, hands on training, which is invaluable.…
Hannah Brown, Corporate Responsibility Manager
Brandbank Limited (a Nielsen company)
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Steve Marshall, Health and Safety Adviser
British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge)
The practical exercises with the fire extinguishers are always enjoyable, but more importantly, provide real experience.…
Amanda Smy, Training Support Officer
Independance Matters
Thank you for providing the excellent presentation to our team of stewards. It was so well put together.…
Caroline Williams, Front of House Manager
Norwich Theatre Royal
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Andrew Goodall, Health and Safety Manager
West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds
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Kathi Hill
PFB Construction Management Services Ltd
It assures me as a Premises Manager that the sites that are under my responsibility have been assessed so thoroughly.…
Debbie Middleton, Area Office Manager
Norfolk County Council
You spoke so clearly about everything, and took so much trouble with us when we practiced with the various types of fire extinguisher.…
Mrs Rosie Fottit, Secretary
Reepham PCC
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Peter Young, NYA Service Centre (Aftersales)
Brundall Bay Marina, Norfolk
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Norfolk County Council Passenger Transport Group
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Break Charity
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Blue Sky Leisure (Kelling Heath Holiday Park & Zaks restaurants)
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Colin Shearer, Deputy Administrator
Holkham Hall Estate
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