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For over 100 years MRS has provided expert training and rescue services across the UK for those who work in confined spaces.

What is confined space training?

Confined space training courses are for those who need to be competent when working in confined spaces. The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 state a confined space is “any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk”.

Some confined spaces are easy to identify, such as sewers and closed tanks used to store chemicals. Some confined spaces may be more difficult to identify as:

  • They may not be enclosed on all sides – vats, silos and ships’ holds may have open tops or sides
  • They may not be small and/or difficult to work in – grain silos and ships’ holds can be very large
  • They may not be difficult to get in or out of – may have several entrances/exits, quite large openings or are apparently easy to escape from
  • They may be a place where people regularly work – some confined spaces (such as those used for spray painting in car repair centres) are used regularly by people in the course of their work

When considering if the space is a confined space, it may not be the actual nature of the space, but the planned work activities that determine if it should be classified as a confined space. Where this is the case, it will be a confined space until the work activities have ceased and the atmosphere has returned to normal.


Watch our Commercial Director explain a confined space...

Man working with a specific risk in a confined space cleaning interior walls
Man working in confined space with a specific risk - demonstrating how not to work
Two MRS rescuers with full personal protective equipment (PPE) in confined space
Why do I need it?

Over the years, work in confined spaces has resulted in many fatalities and injuries to workers across a range of industries. This led to the introduction of the Confined Space Regulations 1997.

Compliance with these regulations should remove the risk of fatalities and injuries to persons who may need to work in confined spaces. These persons should be trained to be competent.


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Why MRS?


Setting the standards
We are able to offer first class practical training, in state of the art confined space facilities, to prepare and train anyone who works in confined spaces. We offer a range of Confined Space courses that comply with current regulations and the requirements of the National Occupational Standards to the City & Guilds 6150 suite of qualifications. At MRS we work with City and Guilds to create the qualifications for confined space training and we also work with the sector to set the standards for confined space entry and rescue.

Experts you can trust
We have years of experience in working in confined spaces and our trainers have performed confined space entry and rescue under the most hostile of environments. They continue to do so today and our instructors and assessors are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

Realistic training experience
We have training centres throughout the UK and each has tunnels built into the fabric of the buildings, to prepare and train anyone who works in confined spaces. Here we can simulate how to prepare for entry, how to work in a safely while in a potential dangerous environment and then create emergency situations where candidates are taught to escape in a safe manner.

Confined Space training that comes to you

We’re always looking for new ways to spread the word about how to improve the safety of working in confined spaces. 

MRS mobile training facility for travelling

Our fully equipped, state of the art City & Guilds approved  mobile confined space training units are designed to provide everything we require to teach our confined space courses at your office, site or factory. Our units are able to replicate conditions and situations found within confined spaces so course attendees can learn practical skills at anywhere.

All our units are towable – meaning we can be on your site when needed. From our units we can provide both training and competence assessments.

MRS rescuers using a mobile rig to enter into confined space
Don't just take our word for it...

We originally turned to MRS for Confined Space Entry training following our dissatisfaction with the consistency of delivery of our previous training providers. Ensuring the safety of our 100 strong team is our passion. Utlising MRS for the delivery of the relevant City and Guilds courses gives us the peace of mind they have received the training that is both suitable and sufficient for the industrial maintenance Rema Tip Top Industry undertake in high risk environments.

Rema Tip Top

I needed some ‘not your average’ confined space training for some quite specific tight spaces – I really didn’t want to just learn about A frames! MRS listened to my needs and delivered a great course that really helped drive home the  need for care and safety and provided the knowledge required when dealing with confined space that altered the trainees’ ways of working.

Hovis Bakery

MRS is our Company of choice to deliver Confined Spaces training because the quality of the service we receive from them is second to none. We receive a personalised service each and every time we enquire / book training and are confident that our employees receive a first class quality training experience. Having built our reputation on having highly skilled staff, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend MRS to help you do the same.

Elaine Wilson, Owen Pugh Training Services


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