Safe Working in Confined Spaces


This Endorsed Training Programme is operated by Whale Tankers. It is aimed at any individuals in industries who may access a confined space via a vertical shaft, and who may use escape breathing apparatus for self-rescue. The definition of a Confined Space is:

“Any place including tanks, chambers, pits, pipes, sewers, flues, wells or other similar place, in which by virtue of its enclosed nature there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk.”

This 2 day course provides knowledge of confined spaces and their inherent dangers. The course provides underpinning knowledge to plan, enter, work in and exit such areas, including via a vertical shaft, and where escape breathing apparatus is used as part of a planned means of self-rescue.

The key elements that this training covers are:

  • Confined Space Regulations (1997)
  • Personal protection and hygiene requirements
  • Risk assessment and implementing safe systems of work
  • Types of gaseous atmospheres, portable gas monitoring equipment and its use
  • The use of harness/tripod/man-riding winch, fall arrest and safety line
  • The use of escape breathing apparatus and self-evacuation procedures
  • Safe entry, working in and exiting procedures at confined spaces


On completion of the programme individuals will be able to:

  • Identify a confined space
  • Assess the risk of entry into a confined space
  • Follow safe systems of work (method statements)
  • Test atmospheric conditions using specialist gas monitoring equipment
  • Show competence and effective use of associated control measures and equipment used to maintain safety including escape breathing apparatus, safety harnesses, fall arrest systems and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Complete entry and exit from a confined space
  • Explain appropriate and effective hygiene procedures


Registration on EUSR is valid for 3 years from date of training.

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If you have a training package that you would like to be included within this registration family please view our Endorsed Training Programme approval page.

An Endorsed Training Programme is a training package that has been approved by Energy & Utility Skills as meeting its objectives. They are offered by private companies and any questions relating specifically to that training package should be directed to the appropriate provider.