Tunnelling and Mining Safety Courses

Plan, prepare and train to work safely in tunnels and mines

5 Star Review 5 star reviews
100+ Years Experience Over 100 years' experience
People trained (25,000) - 25,000 trained in last 12 months 25,000 trained in last 12 months
Employed Trainers (100+) - Over 100 employed trainers Over 100 employed trainers
Nationwide (UK Wide Coverage) UK Wide Coverage

MRS Training & Rescue provide specialist tunnelling training courses at centres throughout the UK and are able to deliver training onsite. We are able to deliver training courses which cover the different safety aspects of working in tunnel and mining environments.

MRS Training and Rescue has been in the business of keeping people safe for over one hundred years.Established at the turn of the 20th century to respond to emergencies from the UK mining industry, MRS was nationalised in 1947 along with the coal industry, becoming part of the National Coal Board.

Known then as Mines Rescue Service, we re-entered the private sector in 1996 to provide the “Escape and Rescue from Mines Scheme” required by the mining regulations. At that point we diversified by using our existing expertise to provide health and safety training and industrial rescue cover.

Today, rebranded as MRS Training and Rescue, we have retained all the governance and expertise required to operate a national mines rescue scheme, which up until 2015, was approved by the Secretary of State. This structure works for us today and helps us operate and maintain a technical rescue service that covers a range of industrial sectors.

We are still the largest private sector rescue company in the UK; and are recognised within the Mines Regulations 2014 as a specialist rescue services provider. No other rescue company, in the public or private sector can complete with the knowledge and experience that we have.

Which tunnelling training course should I choose?

We provide two industry-recognised training courses: a Level 2 Award in Tunnel Entry & Associated Emergency Procedures (TEEP – City & Guilds 6151-02) and a Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme (TSTS).

Practical Training Facilities for TEEP

For the highly practical TEEP course, we have simulated training facilities at our centres throughout the UK and a mobile training unit we are able to tow to sites such as construction sites, offices and factories.

Accreditations

Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme (TSTS)

This course is fully accredited by CITB. This means, MRS Training & Rescue is a Site Safety Plus (SSP) centre and has met the scheme requirements set by CITB. SSP centres, and the trainers who deliver this TSTS course, have been assessed and passed the approval requirements of CITB – this includes a centre visit by a CITB quality advisor, and all tutors have submitted an application and been approved. For more information, visit the CITB SSP page.

Tunnel Entry & Associated Emergency Procedures (TEEP)

This course is a City & Guilds certified course, and delegates who complete this course successfully will receive a City & Guilds certificate. To be able to offer City & Guilds qualifications MRS Training & Rescue has met the criteria set by the organisation, including having the resources to deliver courses, having an internal management structure and suitable assessment sites. Our training centres and instructors have been reviewed by a City & Guilds Quality Delivery Team, who have assessed and approved us – so we qualify to deliver courses on their behalf. For more information, visit the City & Guilds website.

Mining Qualifications and Equipment

Tunneling Risks

Tunnelling operations have the potential to become dangerous places to work in. There is potential for:-

  • Falls of ground (roof, sides and open face of the excavation)
  • Potential for drowning due to increase in liquid levels (heavy rainfall, rising water levels in sumps)
  • Fire or explosion (presence and ignition of flammable gas such as methane, vehicle fuels, cutting / welding operations, oxygen or gas cylinders, materials brought into tunnels)
  • Inrush of water or free flowing solids (inrush, inundation, heavy rainfall)
  • Loss of consciousness due to increase in body temperatures (burning / welding, running machinery, use of resins that may produce heat when setting, hand excavations in hot/humid conditions)
  • Falls from height (mobile elevated working platforms, tower scaffolds, access ladders)
  • Loss of consciousness or asphyxiation from gas, fume, vapour or lack of oxygen (disturbing sludge or other deposits; fumes from vehicles / generators; chalk and limestone coming into contact with acidic water can produce Carbon Dioxide gas which is suffocating; Thanet sands coming into contact with air and water can produce excess nitrogen gas creating oxygen deficient atmosphere; blasting / shotfiring fumes producing toxic gases; lowering water table may cause de-oxygenation of an area; strata freezing may introduce excess nitrogen gas risk)
  • Dusts (drilling, blasting, cutting rock, crushing rocks, using cements
  • Types of strata likely to give off gases
  • Contact with chemicals and hazardous substances (adhesives, solvents, oils, grease, fuel, cements, resins, spray painting)
  • Contact with moving vehicles / machinery
  • Electric shock
  • Biological hazards
  • Contact with contaminated soil

(This is not a complete list of hazardous situations that may arise).

Why Use MRS?

MRS Training & Rescue are leading providers of confined spaces training and high risk rescue services for a wide variety of industries in the UK – and internationally.

Our course instructors are more than just teachers. The majority of our instructors are also real-life emergency rescuers, who have been in a wide range of dangerous environments and situations. This first-hand experience sets them apart and means they are able to provide a personal level of insight into their teaching.

With over 115 years of experience in the rmining and confined space industry, we know what we’re doing when it comes to training. We have training centres in 7 locations across the UK – some of which have been there for over 100 years. We also happily travel to provide training and rescue services, with a state-of-the-art fleet of mobile training units at our disposal.

We realise not one single solution is right for every organisation, and that’s why we offer bespoke and tailored training and rescue solutions. If you’re unsure of the training required or the risks you or your employees face, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Excellent courses; Tunnelling and TEEPS, everyone was professional and engaging, our tutor had a wealth of experience, highly recommend.

Susan Donnelly, Health & Safety Executive

Superb Confined Space training from a very professional organisation and trainer.

Mark Thompson, Tunnelling Manager, Transport for London
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Our Heritage

MRS Heritage


For over 100 years, MRS has provided its specialist skills, experience and knowledge to effect the rescue and escape of mine workers from underground. Read more about our historic heritage, and how it has impacted on our present and future, by clicking here

The Benefits

  • 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.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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With real life stories to make the theory come alive