PREVIEW: Confined spaces in construction introduction


Overview
This preview is for ATO use. The purpose of this standard is to acquaint candidates with the principles of working safely in confined spaces and awareness of the legislation applying to confined spaces working.

This standard is available to ATOs to preview before it’s finally published. You should make sure your course matches these details. This standard will eventually supersede the existing standard in development. 

Until then, continue to publicise your courses against the existing title on the Construction Training Directory.

Duration

Minimum half a day of 3 learning hours

Purpose/scope

The purpose of this standard is to acquaint candidates with the principles of working safely in confined spaces and awareness of the legislation applying to confined spaces working.

The training will be useful for those that work near confined spaces, have to manage these operations, or are associated in some other way.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • examples of confined spaces: tanks, vaults, manholes, tunnels, pipelines, storage bins and many more
  • risks, hazards, controls, and PPE inherent in confined spaces
  • risk classifications
  • the importance of personal hygiene
  • health and safety responsibilities of individuals, managers and employer
  • the importance of reporting accidents, ill health and other incidents.

The purpose of this standard is to provide the approved training organisation (ATO) with a scope of the minimum delivery/requirements for training delegates in confined space awareness. This training does not train or certify a person to enter a confined space.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction/supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience as a fitter
  • a verifiable CV.

Delivery

Delivery may be in an off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical training.

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal/refresher

Recommended refreshment: Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training, (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Outline examples of confined spaces: e.g. tanks, vaults, manholes, tunnels, pipelines, storage bins and many more.

HSE guidance/approved codes of practice (ACoP) for confined spaces

Describe risks, hazards, controls, and PPE inherent in confined spaces.

 

Explain risk classifications and how they are differentiated.

 

Describe why personal hygiene is a significant concern, and the actions individuals need to take.

HSE guidance/ACoP for control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)

List health and safety responsibilities of individuals, managers and employers.

 

Explain why reporting accidents, ill health and other incidents is important.

HSE guidance/ACoP for reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurences regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

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