CS2M – Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces

Course Aim:

Working in confined spaces exposes an individual to a range of potential hazards, some of which may threaten injury and, in some instances may possibly lead to death. Therefore specialist training and assessment is required to equip those undertaking this type of work with the necessary skills and competencies to assess risk, control hazards and work safely.

This course is about working in confined space environments where there is a medium risk that a specified hazard may be present. It will require the use of escape breathing apparatus. It will involve the presence of one or more people - positioned outside the confined space - who have designated responsibilities for controlling the entry and dealing with emergencies.

Entry to the confined space may involve manual and/or mechanical access equipment for example:

  • Vertical entry normally using a ladder or man-riding winch, both requiring fall protection and means of assisted rescue such as a rescue winch.
  • Horizontal entry such as walking or climbing into the confined space or working away from the bottom of a vertical entry, with limited use of a rescue line. Such types of entry may involve more than one person entering the confined space.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Prepare to work safely in medium risk confined spaces
  • Enter and exit Medium Risk confined spaces safely
  • Prepare and use escape breathing apparatus in accordance with manufacturers instructions
  • Use equipment and tools safely and in accordance with manufacturers instructions
  • Follow procedures and work safely
  • Deal with emergencies
  • Use appropriate behaviour when working in Medium Risk confined spaces
  • Understand legislation governing working in Medium Risk confined spaces
  • Apply appropriate industry specific knowledge for working in Medium Risk confined spaces

Course content includes:

  • Definition of a confined space & Water UK NC1-NC4 classifications & Low, Medium, High definitions
  • Specified Risks
  • Duties under the Regulations, preventing the need for entry
  • Risk Assessment and hazard identification
  • Atmospheric hazards and gases
  • Principles and use of gas detectors
  • Safe systems of work & permits to work
  • Roles, responsibilities and top-man/bottom man duties
  • Pre use checks, correct donning & adjustment of harness
  • Inspection and applications of tripods, winches and fall arrest equipment
  • Inspection and use of personal escape breathing apparatus
  • Practical exercises and assessments

This course is assessed by:

  • Direct observation of an entry into a Medium Risk confined space
  • Written test


Course Duration: 15 guided learning hours i.e. 2 days

Type of Certificate: Competence based, valid for 3 years

Accreditations: CABWI, C&G, Energy and Utility Skills

Min/Max Persons on Course: 6/12

Additional information for those in the Water Industry:

The standards identified in Qualifications for Working in Confined Spaces: Water (6150) City & Guilds do not relate to a training course. However it is unlikely that without the appropriate training the relevant assessment would be achieved in this case 6150-02 applies. This course provides the required learning and assessment standards to allow those that require the qualification to be assessed.

Course Enquiry:

Call 01925 244 144
Email info@csts.co.uk