Working in Confined Spaces Course

Course Overview

Introduces candidates to the risks and hazards associated with working in confined spaces and how to manage the risks and implement control measures. It also includes permit to work systems and the hazards of lone working.

Who needs this qualification?

Anyone who is occasionally involved with working in confined spaces, which includes loft spaces cellars etc. A more formal qualification would be required for people who work in confined spaces for the majority of their daily activity.

Learning Outcomes.

What is a Confined Space and what are the hazards?

  • Confined Spaces Regulations 1997
  • Risk Assessments
  • Who is affected?
  • What is the risk?
  • Condition of the Confined Space
  • Residues, Contamination
  • Oxygen Deficiency, Physical Dimensions, Cleaning Chemicals
  • Sources of Ignition, Ingress of Substances
  • Safe Systems of Work including Permits to Work
  • Arrangements for Emergencies
  • Equipment required to enter a Confined Space
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene
  • Maintenance of Equipment
  • Ventilation and the avoidance of unsafe atmospheres
  • Manpower including Training Requirements
  • Communication and Entry Procedures


Course details.

The Course is 3 Hours duration and will be delivered at your own premises or a convenient off site location.

Delegates will receive a Handout Pack and Course Outline for use on the day. Delegates will also receive a Certificate of Attendance within a week of the event. All courses are fully evaluated using our own documentation, but in-house evaluation methods can be used if preferred 

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Safe work in confined spaces. Confined Spaces Regulations 1997


Confined spaces: A brief guide to working safely


Working safely with solvents – A guide to safe working practices

Confined spaces

A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby (e.g. lack of oxygen).


Under domestic law (the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974) employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees and others. This responsibility is reinforced by regulations.

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
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 link to external website
    Require employers and self-employed people to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks for all work activities for the purpose of deciding what measures are necessary for safety. For work in confined spaces, this means identifying the hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take.

Further information

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0’.