For over 100 years, we’ve provided confined space rescue services – making us not only one of the most experienced confined space training companies, but also one of the most accredited.
We provide a wide range of City & Guilds and CITB approved confined space training courses, all of which are suitable for many industries. Our courses are highly practical – and are taught in state-of-the-art facilities which include conditions that replicate what a person may encounter when working in real confined spaces such as tunnels, pits, sewers or tanks. In these facilities our trainers can simulate what it’s like to enter, exit and work in spaces which are considered a high, medium or low risk confined space. And also, how to escape and if necessary, carry out a rescue in a safe manner.
Which confined space training course should I choose?
Our courses comply with all current regulations and the requirements of the National Occupational Standards. Those who complete assessments successfully can choose to receive City & Guilds 6160 certification where available, or our MRS certificate if preferred which is in alignment with this.
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This 1-day course is suitable for those who work in an environment with low risk entry with adequate natural or mechanical ventilation. Access appears simple and unobstructed and there is no likely risk of flooding.
This 2-day course is suitable for those who work in confined spaces where a specified risk 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.
Do you provide on-site and bespoke confined space training?
Yes - we can provide on-site and bespoke confined space training throughout the UK and internationally.
We have a fleet of purpose built, state-of-the-art City & Guilds approved MOBILE TRAINING UNITS, which feature all the facilities we need to deliver and assess our range of accredited courses. We can also develop bespoke courses for specific industries, sites and work requirements.
All our mobile training units contain:
6 tunnel labyrinths
Top entry hatch
Side entry hatch
A guarded rail deck
Ladder access with a handrail
3.1m vertical entry
All equipment required for low, medium, high and rescue training
The ability to simulate a smoke-filled environment
Frequently asked questions
Are courses accredited by industry bodies?
Our confined space courses are accredited and certified by a range of external bodies including; EU Skills, CITB, and City & Guilds. We work closely with City & Guilds to create the qualifications for confined spaces – including the standards for confined space entry and rescue.
These accreditations mean we are subject to annual audits by awarding bodies, for each accredited course we offer.
Can I receive a grant for confined space training?
What equipment is used on confined space courses?
We own and maintain all the equipment used by delegates on our courses – and only use the equipment we trust and would use ourselves. Those who attend our confined space training courses will get to use a wide range of equipment – dependent on the course attended, this may include; man riding hoists, escape breathing apparatus and auxiliary ventilation to name just a few.
We also sell the equipment we use as part of training – to find out more, contact us.
What risks are associated with working in a confined space?
According to the regulations, a specified risk can be:
Injury caused by fire or explosion
Loss of consciousness caused by an increase in body temperature
Loss of consciousness or asphyxiation caused by gas, fume, vapour or lack of oxygen
Asphyxiation cased by a free flowing solid or the inability to reach safety due to entrapment by a free flowing solid
It should be noted that the specified risk may not always be there – it may be introduced by the nature of the work, i.e. cutting, welding, spray painting.
What is a confined space?
According to the Confined Spaces Regulation 1997, a confined space is defined as a ‘space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk’.
Common confined spaces include:
A confined space is not necessarily an area you have to ‘squeeze’ into – or a space in which you must crawl around on your hands and knees. Some confined spaces may be harder to identify, as they are not enclosed on all sides or may be very large, like a ship’s hold. If you’re trying to determine if a space is a confined space or not – consider the work to take place in that area, and whether the work increases the risk of serious personal injury from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby.
How do I assess and manage risks?
When work must be carried out in a confined space, a safe system of work which identifies the hazards, the risks and the control measures must be created. The purpose of this is to ensure the work can be controlled and undertaken with an acceptable level of risk.
Furthermore, if you require employees to enter a confined space, you must prepare suitable and sufficient arrangements for their rescue. Very importantly, this is required even if the emergency is not brought about by a specified risk. Your rescue arrangements need to ensure you are protecting the rescuers and, where necessary, include resuscitation equipment.
Working in a confined space will always have an element of risk, but these risks can be controlled to make the risks acceptable. The risks and controls need to be understood by all who work in confined spaces.
If you are unsure and would like a site visit so our confined space experts can assess your spaces and advise on how to ensure the safety of your workforce, get in touch.
Should I hire a confined spaces consultant?
If you need support in identifying confined spaces – or understanding what training your employees need to be compliant, we can help. Our consultancy team are specialists and provide a full range of services – which are all compliance guaranteed.
The services we can provide include; confined space surveys and audits, training consultancy, expert accident and incident analysis, managing confined spaces support and emergency rescue and response services.
Why do I need confined spaces training?
Working in confined spaces has resulted in fatalities and injuries, across a variety of industries. To try and reduce this, the Confined Space Regulations 1997 were introduced.
There is a requirement under both the Health & Safety at Work Act and the Confined Space Regulations, to ensure people are trained and competent to carry out the planned work activities. The objective of any training is to reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities.
Truly excellent training centre, I pass my personal thanks to Dave Halliday. A very professional and knowledgeable trainer, who keeps blokes who normally work outside, from falling asleep in a classroom. 100% recommended to anyone looking for this type of training course.
Christian Wilkinson, Smith Brothers (Contracting) Ltd
Excellent day on a Non BA Rescue course. The instructors were extremely engaging, full of knowledge and kept the interaction just right within the classroom and also the practical part. Well done Karl and Ross!
Paul Mahoney, Kellogg’s
I attended a confined spaces and rescue course. Liam and Phil were brilliant, very knowledgeable and made the course enjoyable, learnt alot whilst having a laugh. Definitely recommend.
Kevin Hippey, Eviosys Packaging
Just completed the High Risk Confined Spaces course, fantastic course, brilliant tutors and assessor's, really informative and hands on, highly recommend this course and facilities
Paul Gosling, Kier Integrated Services ltd
MRS are the best in the business. Relaxed atmosphere, fantastic knowledge . Trainers are confident to deliver and nothing to much trouble. During these difficult times MRS have nailed it, plenty of space no risk of sharing others apparatus plenty to go around. I would not book my team on a course anywhere else. Always a pleasure to go back.
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We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.
We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.
We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.
Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.
Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.
MRS and Elgin Marsh delivered a great and bespoke training course to our operatives on gas monitors. The training was informative, relevant to our work, and kept the team engaged. MRS went above and beyond by creating a bespoke training course for us, and managed to deliver training on our premises with a week's notice. Highly professional throughout, and I would highly recommend them.
10 days ago
Very informative course which was presented professionally.
10 days ago
Exactl place to lurn
10 days ago
I have been attending MRS Mansfield for around 10 years for confined space training (high and medium risk)> The knowledge and professionalism of all the staff is second to none! I would not hesitate to recommend MRS Training and Rescue.
11 days ago
Really good first aid at work refresher course, never got boring good mixture of practical and theory and not just watching power points, more mannequins was better too, plus a couple of competitions made it interesting. Well presented by Phil too. Would recommend to any company. Plus always finished on time and did what it said refreshed everything and told us any changes in first aid since last refresher 👍
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