Confined Space Awareness Training 2 Day

About Confined Spaces

A confined space can be defined as any environment that is dangerous due to the enclosed nature of the space. Examples of enclosed spaces include tanks, cellars, pits etc.

The dangers associated with confined spaces include:

  1. Toxic or harmful fumes, gasses, or vapours in the space
  2. Lack of oxygen that may lead to suffocation
  3. Excessive oxygen which could result in increased risk of file
  4. High temperatures
  5. Free flowing solids of liquids that may lead to drowning, asphyxiation or other injuries
  6. Explosive or flammable atmospheres

It is the responsibility of every employer to ensure that any staff who work in confined spaces are aware of the potential hazards associated with confined spaces and the processes and procedures for entering a confined space, raising an alarm if necessary, use of personal protection equipment and rescue.

BMAC safety offers 2 day and 1 day Confined Spaces courses for staff. The content of the 2 day course is shown below.


Day 1

Objective:  To provide the participant with the knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of confined space.

Outline of Course:

What is a confined SpaceDefinition
Case Histories
LegislationSHWW 2005
SHWW Confined Space Reg 2001and Approved Code of Practice
Construction Regs 2006
SHWW General Application Regs 2007
Hazardous AtmospheresGases, Fumes Vapours
Use of Gas Monitors
EquipmentAccess equipment Tripods, Lifting davits, Hoists, Winches Gas monitors, Safety Lines Lighting
Safe systems of WorkSupervision,
Competent Staff
Risk Assessments
Control Measures
Emergency Plan
Permit to Work and Method Statement
HygieneInfectious Diseases, Weils Disease, Hepatitis
Practical ExerciseBased on Safe System of Work
AssessmentTheory Questionnaire
Practical Assessment




Day 2: Working Breathing Apparatus

Types of Breathing ApparatusFilter Sets
Powered Respirator
10 Minute Escape Set
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
Airline Breathing Apparatus
Respiratory RatesWorking duration of SCBA
Air Consumption Rates
Safe Systems of WorkChoice of EquipmentWorking Sets
Working BA SetCleaning
Pre User Checks
Face Shield Test
Wearing the Set
Walkabout exercise
Post use checks
Working BA Practical ExerciseSafe System of Work
Confined Space Entry using BA set, Tripod, Hoist Harness Gas monitor etc


The Confined Space training course is relevant to Managers, Supervisors and operators who may need to enter into or supervise entry into Confined Spaces and carried out work in a confined space. For example, maintenance or cleaning operations or Routine inspections, CCTV operations and survey etc. Drain cleaners and repairers, Plant maintenance personnel etc. People who enter Vats, Silos and Storage Vessels and may use breathing apparatus.

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Brendan McAuliffe

Trainer / Instructor

Brendan McAuliffe has 25 years industrial work experience holding facilities managers’ role in both high volume manufacturing and in the pharmaceutical industry. He understands at first hand the employers’ duty with respect to health and safety management to their employees. The primary duty of the employer under the SHW@W Act 2005 is to provide a safe place of work for their employees and anyone affected by their business. Safety and health management ultimately means creating an environment free from the risk of injury and ill health. So it is not just focusing on safety issues but also the long term effects of the working environment on workers’ health, i.e exposure to noise, vibration, active pharmaceuticals, solvents, paints, boring repetitive work etc.

Brendan has a 1st Class hons. degree in Health and safety from the University of Limerick.
He is also and Irish Heart Foundation and Pre Hospital Emergency Care BLS and CFR Instructor.
He has a Foundation Diploma in Education from University College Galway.
He is a breathing apparatus instructor from International Fire Training Centre in the UK.
He is a QQI approved First Aid and Manual Handling trainer and a PHECC approved FAR Instructor.
He has 10 years Safety Consultancy experience working with small and medium entreprises and also multinationals.
He has also instructed on both the PSCS and PSDP courses.

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