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, UK workers are injured or killed working in confined spaces, as this kind of work can be extremely dangerous if the correct procedures are not followed.
This programme explains what confined spaces are, why they can be dangerous, what the law says must be done in a confined space situation at work, 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 Spaces 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 a poorly ventilated areas.)
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.
In this section we look at who is responsible for employees' safety.
We look at emergency rescue plans, risk assessment, the Confined Spaces Regulations, permits and Safe Systems of Work.
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).
This Working in Confined Spaces training programme concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with 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 re-print certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.
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:
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: