Bespoke Confined Space Training

Client: Global Pharmaceutical Company 

Duration: From 2015 

Project: Bespoke Confined Space Training 

Situation

In 2015 we were approached by one of our long-term customers to deliver a hybrid Medium/High Risk Confined Space course that would provide the right level of training for their staff given the risks they face.  According to IOSH, there have been on average 15 fatalities per year in the UK from confined space accidents and a staggering number 60% of those fatalities were from those trying to rescue those trapped or already injured.  

Actions Taken 

With our experience as a Confined Space ECITB accredited trainer and through dialogue with the client, Prontoport set about developing a bespoke course. We made use of Prontoport’s confined space test rig which includes top and side entry access hatches, chambers, tunnels, ladders, smoke machines and audio alarms.  We also used several infra-red cameras inside the structure for delegate monitoring and recordings for feedback. This specifically designed structure allowed delegates to receive the most thorough experience of confined space training, either alone or in teams, preparing them for a real life situation. 

Course Details 

  • The dangers of confined spaces

  • Current legislation

  • Recognition of confined spaces

  • The Human respiratory system

  • Appreciation of different atmospheres Use of gas detection equipment 

  • Diseases and personal hygiene associated with confined spaces 

  • Use of PPE 

  • Use of escape BA and Full BA sets 

  • Pre-entry checks on equipment. 

  • Safe systems of work for confined spaces entry  

  • Methods of communication 

  • Emergency procedures and rescue techniques 

  • Practical exercises including basic rescue procedures using associated equipment 

Results 

By designing and delivering this bespoke course, Prontoport was able to help the client ensure their staff got the most relevant and robust training to help them mitigate the risks involved in confined space work. 

Tom Sutton