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Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces

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What is Medium Risk Confined Spaces training?

This City & Guilds or CABWI accredited Medium Risk Confined Spaces training will give you the practical knowledge and skills to carry out safe entry into a confined space and to handle reasonably foreseeable hazards and risks. The difference between medium and low risk confined spaces training is that on a medium risk confined spaces course, you will be taught how to handle more complex spaces involving more potential hazards. Some examples of medium risk confined spaces could be sewers, tunnels and underground vaults for telecommunications and utilities that have difficult access or exit points or potential atmospheric hazards.

You will have the opportunity to get practical experience working in medium risk confined spaces. The course incorporates entry and self-rescue procedures.

Medium Risk Confined Space Training - Key Information

What will I learn on the Medium Risk Confined Spaces Course?

On the Medium Risk Confined Spaces course, you will learn about more complex and potentially hazardous confined spaces. The training will expand on concepts covered on the low risk confined spaces training, giving you a deeper understanding of how to identify hazards, risk assessment and control measures. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the specific hazards that classify a confined space as medium risk: toxic atmospheres, limited access or egress (exit points). There is a large practical element to this course, which will include entering and working in a medium risk confined space, applying more advanced control measures and developing robust emergency plans.

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Medium Risk Confined Space Training Course Content

Medium Risk Confined Spaces Course Aims

This course aims to teach delegates:

  • Understand the nature of medium risk confined spaces
  • Identify hazards and risks
  • How to implement control measures
  • Responding and preparing for an emergency
  • Safe entry and working procedures
  • Practical, scenario based simulations

Medium Risk Confined Spaces Course Content

Prepare to enter and work safely in a medium risk confined space

Check all equipment is in good order, select and examine escape breathing apparatus before starting work, obtain authorisation for entry, arrange adequate communication is in place before entry, maintain a safety zone, carry out a live point of work risk assessment and make sure suitable monitoring equipment is in place before entering the confined space.

Enter and exit confined spaces safely

Set up, test and record results of monitoring equipment before entry, carry out a safety inspection of equipment, enter and exit following procedure, resolve any problems encountered with entry or exit and identify unsafe activity and put suitable controls in place.

Use equipment and tools safely

Check equipment and tools are safe and suitable for use, check PPE is suitable, use the specified method for using tools in the confined space, recover tools from site when work has finished and carry out after-use checks.

Follow procedures and work safely

Select a suitable communication method for the job and check it is working before work starts, follow lone-working procedures, control access of the confined space, use PPE, control risks and hazards, act immediately to remedy unsafe activity, equipment or environmental conditions, ensure the work area is safe and secure when work is finished and complete documentation and reports and passing to the right person or filling in the correct place.

Emergency situations

Use emergency exit procedures immediately if a dangerous situation arises, use effective communication, exit the confined space in line with procedures, carry out post use checks on safety, escape and emergency equipment before storing and record and report the emergency incident and its circumstances.

Use appropriate knowledge for working in medium risk confined spaces

Identify the main principles of health and safety, environment legislation and regulations, describe the process of risk assessment, describe the hazards that can produce a confined space, identify different types of emergency situation, explain common causes of emergency situations, know the job roles involved in dealing with emergencies, types of injury that might occur and explain the importance of decontamination procedures.

Understand protocols for working in medium risk confined spaces

Confined space classifications, information needed for live point of risk assessments, procedures and methods for working in medium risk environments, reducing risk to an acceptable level, resolving problems, equipment checks, explain reporting systems for emergency situations and describe different communication methods.

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Assessment and Certification

You will complete one practical observation, assessed by your centre trainer and one short answer written test to achieve your City & Guilds or CABWI qualification.

You should receive your certificate within 8 weeks of completing your course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although you will need a good understanding of spoken and written English. A certain level of physical fitness will be required. If you have any worries or concerns please call or chat with us online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we frequently get asked about our Confined Spaces training course.

How long will my confined space certificate take to arrive?

Certificates can take up to 8 weeks to arrive (although usually much sooner). If you need to get a copy of your certificate, we can send you an email to say that you have passed as soon as you have completed the course. This should satisfy employers and managers that you are competent to work in confined spaces until you receive your certificate.

What do I need to bring to my confined space course?

You only need to bring your PPE, the confined spaces equipment etc will be provided on the course.

What is your most popular confined spaces training course?

Our most popular confined spaces training course is the 1 Day Safe Entry and Escape BA training. This course is run at most of our training centres, to search for a course in your location use the search bar which will bring the closest location with dates and prices up for you.

Is practical training included in Confined Space Training?

Yes, practical training is a significant component of confined space training courses. These courses are often highly practical and are conducted in facilities that replicate real confined spaces, such as tunnels, pits, sewers, or tanks. Delegates will learn to enter, exit, work and practice of escape and rescue plans.

How often do I need to renew Confined Space Training?

It is important that you keep up-to-date with changes to legislation and best practice by renewing your qualification. How often you should retake the course depends on the awarding body, but typically it is every 3 years.

Which Confined Space Training do I need?

The type of confined space training required depends on the risk level and nature of the confined spaces you will be working in: NC1 (Low Risk): For environments with adequate ventilation, simple and unobstructed access, and no likely risk of flooding. NC2 (Medium Risk): Involves vertical, direct unobstructed access with continuous attachment to a mechanical rescue device. NC3 (Medium Risk): Suitable when it’s not possible to be permanently attached to a safety line, often involving team entry moving away from the entry point, like in sewers or tunnels. NC4 (High Risk): For non-standard entries involving complex operations with additional risks, requiring specific control and rescue arrangements, including the use of full breathing apparatus in hostile environments.

Why are their different levels of Confined Space Training?

Different levels of confined space training are designed to address the varied and specific hazards associated with different types of confined spaces. Confined spaces can include a wide range of environments, such as ducts, vessels, tunnels, and tanks, each presenting unique risks, like fire, explosion, asphyxiation, drowning, and entrapment. The training levels ensure that workers are prepared for the specific hazards they may face in their particular work environment.