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Understanding Confined Space Training: Ensuring Safety with INFRATEC Training

picture of a man in a high risk confined space

At INFRATEC Training, we understand that working in confined spaces presents unique challenges and hazards. Ensuring the safety of workers in these environments is paramount, and proper training is a critical component of this safety. Our City & Guilds Confined Space Training is designed to equip workers with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate these risks effectively.

What is a Confined Space?

A Confined Space is defined as an area that is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby. Examples include storage tanks, silos, vats, manholes, sewers and pipelines. The nature of these spaces makes them inherently dangerous due to risks like toxic atmospheres, flammable gases, limited oxygen, and restricted entry and exit points.

Who Needs Confined Space Training?

Identifying who needs confined space training is essential for maintaining workplace safety. Here’s a breakdown of the key personnel who should undergo training:

1. Entry-Level Workers

Workers who will enter confined spaces need comprehensive training on the specific hazards they may encounter. This includes understanding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), monitoring atmospheric conditions, and recognising potential dangers.

2. Supervisors and Managers

Supervisors and managers overseeing confined space work must be trained to identify hazards, implement safety protocols, and respond to emergencies. Their training should encompass risk assessments, permit systems, and ensuring compliance with safety standards.

3. Emergency Response Teams

In the event of an incident, emergency response teams must be well-versed in rescue procedures specific to confined spaces. This training includes using rescue equipment, performing medical interventions, and safely extracting individuals from hazardous environments.

4. Health and Safety Officers

These officers should receive training to conduct thorough risk assessments, develop safety policies, and ensure that all confined space operations adhere to legal and regulatory requirements.

Levels of Confined Space Training

Training needs to be tailored to the level of responsibility and the specific hazards associated with the confined spaces in question. At INFRATEC Training, we offer various levels of City & Guilds Confined Space Training:

1. Low-Risk Confined Space Training

This is suitable for environments where there is adequate natural ventilation, and the risk of hazardous atmospheres is minimal. Training focuses on basic safety procedures, entry protocols, and emergency evacuation plans.

2. Medium-Risk Confined Space Training

Designed for spaces where the risk is higher due to potential hazards like harmful gases or limited oxygen. This training covers atmospheric testing, use of PPE, and more advanced rescue techniques.

3. High-Risk Confined Space Training

For environments with significant hazards such as toxic gases, flammable atmospheres, or complex entry and exit routes, high-risk training is essential. This intensive course includes comprehensive hazard assessment, advanced rescue operations, and detailed emergency response planning.

Picture of a man rescuing another from a confined space. The rescued man is on a stretcher

4. Specialist and Refresher Training

Ongoing training and specialisation are crucial as confined space work often evolves with new equipment and safety protocols. We offer specialist courses for specific industries and regular refresher training to ensure skills and knowledge remain current.

Why Choose INFRATEC Training?

At INFRATEC Training, we are committed to providing top-notch confined space training. Our City & Guilds accredited courses ensure that your team receives the highest standard of education and practical experience. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Experienced Instructors: Our trainers are industry experts with extensive practical experience.

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our courses cover all aspects of confined space safety, from basic entry procedures to advanced rescue operations.

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: We use modern training facilities and equipment to simulate real-world conditions.

  • Accreditation and Recognition: City & Guilds accreditation guarantees that our training meets rigorous industry standards.


Confined space work is inherently dangerous, but with the right training, risks can be effectively managed. At INFRATEC Training, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality confined space training to ensure the safety and well-being of all workers. Whether you are an entry-level worker, supervisor, emergency responder, or health and safety officer, our City & Guilds Confined Space Training courses are tailored to meet your needs and help you achieve the highest safety standards in your workplace.

Visit INFRATEC Training today to learn more about our Confined Space courses and how we can help you ensure a safer working environment.

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