High Risk Confined Space Training

This High Risk Confined Space training is the ideal course for anyone working in a high risk confined space environment. This is where one or more specified hazards are present for most or all the time.

This city and guilds confined space training  is a three-day course that includes practical elements. It is also available to complete as an in-house course in our Blackburn venue.

Our experienced trainer will teach you how to work safely in water and non-water industry areas. Furthermore, you will learn how to enter and exit high risk confined spaces safely.

With the knowledge gained from this High Risk Confined Space training, you will be able to keep yourself and other colleagues safe on the job.

This confined space course is accredited by City and Guilds and valid for three years. You will receive a City and Guilds confined space certificate after successfully completing this course.

This confined space training covers the following topics (for the full list of topics covered in this course, see the dropdown below):

  • Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 and approved code of conduct
  • Identification of a high risk confined space
  • Confined space classifications
  • Water industry national classifications
  • Risk assessment and workplace safety
  • Emergency planning

Benefits of this High Risk Confined space training?

  • Gives the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to work safely
  • You will learn how to understand and conduct risk assessments
  • Helps to plug the skill gap in your business
  • Will enable you to understand emergencies and how to deal with them
  • CITB Grant claimable


This High Risk Confined Space training is the ideal course for anyone working in a high risk environment.

High Risk Confined Space course content

City & Guilds 6160-03 Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the legislation, safe systems of work and an awareness of high risk confined space assessments. The course is a mix of theory and practical training.


Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 & Approved Code of Practice

Identification of a high risk confined space

Detailed knowledge on the environments and specified risks that contribute to being a high risk confined space

Confined space classifications

Understanding the different levels of risk.

Water industry national classifications

Understanding of water industry classifications as detailed in Water UK Operational Guidance Notes (OGN)

Risk assessment and workplace safety

The steps to carry out a risk assessment

Operation of a safe system of work

How to prepare a safe system of work (SSOW)

Following and preparing a method statement

The importance of compiling with method statements

Emergency planning

Preparing a comprehensive emergency plan for personnel in a high risk confined space

Gas detection and risks

In depth knowledge of gas monitoring devices and hazardous atmospheres

Hygiene and first aid

Hazards associated with high risk confined spaces

SCBA – Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and emergency breathing apparatus (EBA)

Experience the operation of life saving equipment and associated procedures


Practical observation

Assess delegate’s practical ability in a high risk environment

Undertaking risk assessments throughout the exercise to identify hazards

Ensure understanding of the hazards associated with a high risk workplace

Responding to risks and hazards

Monitoring actions and response to changes in conditions

Dealing promptly with emergencies

Short written answer question paper

You must complete a portfolio of evidence, as well as pass an exam in order to achieve this qualification.

How long is this course?

The course is delivered over three days.

Why should I take this course?

High risk confined spaces can be dangerous to work in without the required skills and knowledge. It is important to know how to prepare the work and use the tools before entering the confined space.

The course will give you up to date knowledge of the legislation and standards surrounding confined spaces. This will help you to work legally as well as safely.


Entry Requirements

To attend this course, you must read, write and understand English well.

Without proper communication between workers, the safety of the work is compromised.

You must also have the required level of physical fitness to complete the practical elements of the course, and be free of the following medical conditions:

  • Heart disease/chest pain
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Epilepsy, fits, blackouts
  • Fear of heights/vertigo
  • Giddiness/difficulty with balance
  • Impaired limb function
  • Alcohol or drug dependence
  • Psychiatric illness/counselling
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma or impairment of breathing
  • Claustrophobia
  • Skin problems
  • Eyesight problems not corrected by glasses or contact lenses
  • Regular medication impairing attention or consciousness

If you suffer from any of the above medical conditions, you will not be allowed to climb unless a Doctor’s note is provided stating the candidates fitness to climb.

You should also weight below 130kg (including clothes) to complete this course.

Is this course accredited?

Yes, this course is accredited by City and Guilds, and valid for three years.

You will receive a City and Guilds certificate after successfully completing the course.

How is this course delivered?

In-house Courses

We can organise in-house High Risk Confined space courses for your workforce in our Blackburn venue.

We can arrange the course for up to 10 delegates per instructor.

For a quote, complete the in-house enquiry form on this page. All of our enquiries are quoted on a case by case basis depending on delegate numbers and location.


Is this course CITB Grant claimable

Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim for each delegate who successfully pass this course.

You can find the list of short courses and the grant amounts you can claim here: CITB Grant Value for Short Courses


What is a Confined Space?

Some confined spaces are fairly easy to identify, e.g. enclosures with limited openings such as a trench, storage tanks, silos, enclosed drains, sewers, pits and culverts.

Others may be less obvious, but can be equally dangerous, for example unventilated or poorly ventilated rooms.

What is a Safe System of Work?

A safe system of work should provide a written description of the work to be carried out and the precautions to be enforced.


What is an Emergency Plan and Arrangements?

Under the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, an emergency plan and arrangements must be in place before anyone enters a confined space.

Emergency plans must cover all risks in the confined space and not just the specified risks.

Do you need to be trained to work in a High Risk Confined Space?

Employers and others in control of work in high risk confined spaces must properly plan for confined space work.

They must ensure that any individuals involved in planning, supervising, monitoring and carrying out the work are competent in their responsibilities.

This includes providing the necessary information, instruction and training.

What is a High Risk Confined Space?

This involves any confined space where one or more specified hazards are present for most or all of the time.

Examples include historic alarms, gas – either explosive or toxic, heat, lack of oxygen, engulfment, drowning.



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