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Building a Safety Culture: Encouraging Safe Practices in Confined Spaces

   12 July 2024         Blogs

Fostering a safety-first mindset within an organisation is crucial, especially when dealing with confined spaces. A strong safety culture not only protects workers but also enhances productivity and morale, and can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and associated costs. It also gives confidence to those working in confined spaces that the organisation puts safety front and centre.

This blog post will discuss the importance of a safety culture, strategies for promoting it, and ways to encourage and reward safe behaviour in confined spaces.

The Importance of a Safety-First Mindset

A safety-first mindset prioritises the well-being of employees above all else. In the context of confined spaces, this mindset is critical due to the inherent risks these environments pose. Confined spaces often have limited access points, poor ventilation, and potential for hazardous atmospheres, making safety precautions essential.

Key Benefits of a Safety-First Mindset:

  1. Reduced Accidents and Injuries: A strong safety culture minimises the likelihood of accidents, protecting workers from harm.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: Prioritising safety helps ensure compliance with regulatory standards, avoiding fines and legal issues.
  3. Enhanced Productivity: Safe work environments lead to fewer disruptions and a more efficient workforce.
  4. Employee Morale and Retention: Workers who feel safe are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, leading to higher retention rates.

Strategies for Promoting a Safety Culture

Leadership Commitment:

  • Lead by Example: Management should demonstrate a commitment to safety by following protocols and prioritising safety in decision-making.
  • Communicate the Importance of Safety: Regularly emphasise the importance of safety in meetings, newsletters, and other communications. Why not take a look at this Confined Space ToolBox Talk to get the conversation started in your next team meeting.

Comprehensive Training:

  • Regular Training Sessions: Conduct frequent training on confined space hazards, safety procedures, and emergency response. Find out more about confined space training here.
  • Tailored Training Procedures: Ensure processes and procedures are specific to the tasks and environments your employees encounter.

Clear Policies and Procedures:

  • Documented Safety Protocols: Maintain clear, accessible documentation of safety protocols and ensure all employees are familiar with them.
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): Implement SOPs for confined space entry, including checklists and permit systems.

Employee Involvement:

  • Safety Committees: Create safety committees that include representatives from various departments to discuss and address safety concerns.
  • Foster an environment where employees feel comfortable reporting hazards or near-misses without fear of reprisal.

Regular Safety Audits and Inspections:

  • Regularly audit safety practices and compliance with protocols.
  • Act on audit findings swiftly to rectify any identified issues.

Use of Technology:

  • Implement software to track safety training, incident reports, and compliance.
  • Utilise gas detectors and other monitoring tools to ensure safe conditions within confined spaces.

Encouraging and Rewarding Safe Behaviour:

  • Implement award programmes that recognise individuals or teams for exemplary safety practices. You should also acknowledge safe behaviour in company communications and meetings.
  • Regularly ask employees for feedback on safety practices and potential improvements so they feel they have an input into the safety culture and are not simply dictated to. Show that you value employee input by implementing feasible suggestions and improvements.
  • Periodically review safety protocols and update them based on new regulations, technologies, and feedback. Encourage continuous learning and improvement in safety practices.

Conclusion

Building a safety culture in an organisation, particularly concerning confined spaces, requires a dedicated effort from all levels of the company. By prioritising safety, involving employees, recognising and rewarding safe behaviour, and continuously seeking improvement, organisations can create a safe and productive work environment.

Remember, a strong safety culture not only protects your workers but also enhances overall organisational performance.

Investing in safety is an investment in your company’s future.

Additional Resources

Confined Space Safety Toolkit

Our in-house confined space experts have created a handy toolkit for confined spaces. It is designed to help SME’s understand their legal obligations under the Confined Space Regulations 1997, identify confined spaces, take appropriate actions, access compliance training, and most importantly keep their workforce safe. Explore the toolkit here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-safety-toolkit/

Consultancy Services

Confined spaces present unique challenges and risks that require expert knowledge and careful planning. Our in-house team of specialists is equipped to help you identify and understand these spaces, assess the associated hazards, and provide solutions tailored to your unique needs. We can visit your site an identify confined spaces, risk rate them, and provide you with a custom safety plan to ensure that you have the necessary equipment, manpower, training and emergency procedures in place for safe operations.


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If you have any questions or are unsure which training course is right for you, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk

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How to Minimise Risks in Confined Space Work

   12 July 2024         Blogs

Working in confined spaces is inherently hazardous and can be life-threatening. Industries that require such work must conduct confined space risk assessments to prevent serious incidents, including injuries, accidents, or fatalities. These assessments are crucial for identifying necessary precautions and safety measures.

Here are five essential safety tips to help reduce the risks associated with working in confined spaces:

1. Implement a Safe System of Work

If you cannot avoid entry into a confined space to undertake work, you must develop and implement a safe system of work before working inside the space. Your risk assessment will help you identify the necessary precautions you need to take. A safe system of work is a procedure that results from systematically examining a task to identify all hazards. It defines safe methods to ensure that hazards are eliminated or risks minimised.

Creating a safe system of work involves five steps:

  1. Assess the Task: Understand the specific requirements and nature of the task. Complete a Method Statement and/or Scope of Works.
  2. Identify the Hazards: Recognise all potential hazards related to the task.
  3. Define Safe Methods: Develop detailed methods for performing the task safely.
  4. Implement the System: Put the defined methods into action.
  5. Monitor, Review & Assess the System: Continuously oversee the system to ensure its effectiveness.

Although these steps are similar to those in a risk assessment, it’s important to distinguish between the two. A risk assessment determines whether a safe system of work is needed. First, conduct a site-specific risk assessment to identify all foreseeable hazards and associated risks. The safe system of work then uses this information to create a detailed, step-by-step procedure for safely completing the task. This should result in a site-specific method statement to guide employees in following the safety methods. Find out more about what should be reviewed in a Risk Assessment here.

2. Ensure Adequate Ventilation

Proper ventilation is vital for controlling heat and atmospheric hazards in confined spaces. Before entering, air quality should be tested, and continuous monitoring should be maintained to ensure safe conditions.

Natural ventilation can be unreliable and insufficient. Therefore, mechanical ventilation systems such as blowers and fans are recommended to consistently maintain air quality.

3. Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Suitable and sufficient PPE is essential for protecting workers when something goes wrong on site. Employees working in confined spaces should wear appropriate PPE, which includes:

  • Head, hand, and foot protection
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • Waterproof and thermal clothing
  • Respirators and breathing apparatus
  • Safety harnesses

4. Establish Emergency Protocols

Despite careful adherence to procedures, emergencies can still occur in confined spaces. While emergency protocols do not eliminate risks, they are crucial for:

  • Preventing fatalities and injuries
  • Reducing structural and equipment damage
  • Protecting the environment and community
  • Speeding up the resumption of operations

Before starting any work, ensure emergency arrangements are in place. These arrangements will vary based on the risks but should include:

  • Communication Tools: Devices for contacting emergency services from inside the confined space.
  • Rescue and Resuscitation Equipment: Suitable equipment for rescuers, with proper training for its use.
  • Rescuer Capabilities: Personnel trained and fit to use rescue equipment, including winches, retrieval devices, breathing apparatus, lifelines, and firefighting equipment.
  • Shutdown Protocol: Procedures for shutting down operations before attempting emergency rescues.
  • First-Aid Procedures: Complete first-aid equipment and trained first-aiders with valid certificates.
  • Coordination with Local Emergency Services: Work with local authorities to understand their response capabilities and provide them with information on specific dangers in confined spaces.

5. Provide Comprehensive Training

Training is crucial for employees working in confined spaces. All workers should receive thorough training to perform their tasks safely and be aware of emergency procedures. Comprehensive training ensures that employees are well-prepared to handle the unique challenges of confined spaces. If you’re unsure which training course is suitable for your needs take a look at our guide here.

By following these five safety tips, employers can significantly reduce the risks associated with working in confined spaces, ensuring a safer environment for all employees.


Contact us

If you have any questions or are unsure which training course is right for you, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk

Additional Resources

Our in-house confined space experts have created a handy safety toolkit for confined spaces. It is designed to help SME’s understand their legal obligations under the Confined Space Regulations 1997, identify confined spaces, take appropriate actions, access compliance training, and most importantly keep their workforce safe. Explore the toolkit here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-safety-toolkit/

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Identifying Confined Spaces in SMEs: Challenges and Solutions

   12 July 2024         Blogs

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) often operate with limited resources and expertise, which can make identifying and managing confined spaces a daunting task. However, ensuring safety in these spaces is crucial to protect workers and comply with regulatory requirements. This blog post will explore what constitutes a confined space, the challenges SMEs face in identifying and managing these areas, and practical solutions to overcome these challenges.

What is a Confined Space?

A confined space is defined by three main characteristics:

  1. Limited Openings for Entry and Exit: These spaces have restricted entrances or exits, making it difficult for workers to enter or leave in an emergency.
  2. Unfavourable Natural Ventilation: This can result in hazardous atmospheres due to the accumulation of toxic gases, lack of oxygen, or presence of flammable substances.
  3. Not Designed for Continuous Occupancy: These areas are not intended for regular or continuous human occupancy, often being used only for maintenance, repair, or inspection tasks.

Examples of confined spaces include tanks, silos, storage bins, manholes, pipelines, and some types of pits and trenches.

Challenges SMEs Face in Identifying Confined Spaces

  1. Lack of Expertise: SMEs may not have specialised safety personnel to identify and evaluate confined spaces. The absence of dedicated safety professionals can lead to overlooked hazards.
  2. Limited Resources: Conducting thorough assessments and implementing necessary safety measures require financial investment, which might be challenging for smaller businesses with tight budgets.
  3. Inadequate Training: Workers in SMEs might not receive comprehensive training on confined space hazards and safety procedures, therefore increasing the risk of accidents.
  4. Complex Regulations: Navigating the regulatory landscape can be overwhelming, especially for SMEs without a dedicated compliance and/or safety team. Understanding and implementing regulations such as the Confined Space Regulations 1997 requires time and expertise.
  5. Operational Pressures: The need to maintain productivity and meet deadlines can lead to shortcuts in safety practices, putting workers at risk.

Solutions for SMEs to Identify and Manage Confined Spaces

Conduct a Thorough Assessment

Begin with a detailed assessment of your facility to identify potential confined spaces. Use a checklist to evaluate areas based on the three main characteristics of confined spaces. If possible, hire a safety consultant to conduct a professional evaluation. This one-time investment can provide a clear understanding of your confined spaces and the risks involved. Develop Training offer a consultancy service whereby our in-house experts will come to your site and provide comprehensive guidance and advice on how to identify and manage confined spaces. Contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 to find out more.

Develop a Confined Space Procedure

Create a comprehensive confined space entry procedure tailored to your business needs. This programme should include:

  • Identification and Labelling: Clearly label all confined spaces and inform employees about these areas.
  • Hazard Evaluation: Regularly assess the hazards present in each confined space, such as toxic gases, oxygen deficiency, or physical obstructions.
  • Permitting System: Implement a permit system for entry into confined spaces. This system should include procedures for pre-entry testing, continuous monitoring, and emergency preparedness.

Provide Training

Ensure all employees, especially those who may enter confined spaces, receive adequate training. Training should cover:

  • Hazard Recognition: Identifying potential hazards associated with confined spaces.
  • Safe Work Practices: Proper use of protective equipment and safety procedures.
  • Emergency Response: Steps to take in the event of an emergency, including rescue procedures.

If you’re unsure which training course(s) cover your needs then Develop’s in-house experts can help and advise. Simply contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk. Alternatively, you can view our guide to selecting the right course here.

Utilise Technology

Leverage technology to improve safety and compliance. For example:

  • Gas Detection Devices: Use portable gas detectors to monitor atmospheric conditions within confined spaces.
  • Safety Management Software: Implement software solutions to manage confined space permits, training records, and hazard assessments.

Foster a Safety Culture

Promote a culture of safety within your organisation. Encourage employees to report hazards and participate in safety initiatives. Regular safety meetings and continuous improvement programmes can help maintain a focus on safety. Take a look at our Confined Space Toolbox Talk here.

Stay Informed and Compliant

Keep up-to-date with regulatory changes and industry best practices. Join industry associations, attend workshops, and subscribe to relevant publications to stay informed. Subscribe to news and updates from Develop Training to keep abreast of the latest industry news.

Conclusion

Identifying and managing confined spaces in SMEs requires a proactive approach and a commitment to safety. By understanding the characteristics of confined spaces, conducting thorough assessments, implementing confined space procedures, providing training, leveraging technology, fostering a safety culture, and staying informed, SMEs can effectively protect their workers and ensure compliance with safety regulations.

Remember, investing in safety not only protects your employees but also enhances productivity and reduces the risk of costly accidents and fines.


Contact us

If you have any questions or are unsure which training course is right for you, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk We also offer a confined space consultancy service whereby we can visit your site and help you assess the facilities for confined spaces, offer advice and guidance on adhering to legislation, assist with developing a safe system of work, and deliver any required training. Please contact our Customer Service team for further information.

Additional Resources

Our in-house confined space experts have created a handy safety toolkit for confined spaces. It is designed to help SME’s understand their legal obligations under the Confined Space Regulations 1997, identify confined spaces, take appropriate actions, access compliance training, and most importantly keep their workforce safe. 

Explore the toolkit here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-safety-toolkit/

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Lessons from Kettering General Hospital’s Fines: The Importance of Confined Space Training

   12 July 2024         Blogs

In a recent and unfortunate incident, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust faced a substantial fine of £480,000 after an employee suffered a traumatic brain injury while working in a confined space. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of proper training and risk assessment for anyone required to work in confined spaces.

The Incident

On February 1, 2022, a hospital employee was found unconscious in a manhole after attempting to unblock a drain. The quick response by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service ensured he was rescued and treated for acute sulphate intoxication, but not before he sustained a severe brain injury, accompanied by ongoing memory loss and nerve damage.

The Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident, revealing alarming gaps in safety protocols at the hospital. The manhole, classified as a confined space, had not been properly identified as such. Furthermore, the hospital had no adequate risk assessment for the activity and lacked a safe system of work for clearing blocked drains.

The HSE also discovered that the hospital’s estates team had not received any confined space training. The lack of proper information, instruction, and precautions significantly increased the risk of injury for those involved in clearing drains and entering deep manholes.

The Consequences

As a result of these findings, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This breach led to a hefty £480k fine and further highlighted the critical need for robust health and safety measures in workplaces, especially those involving high-risk tasks like working in confined spaces.

Lessons Learned: The Importance of Confined Space Training

This incident underscores a vital lesson for all organisations: the necessity of proper confined space training. Working in confined spaces poses unique hazards, including toxic atmospheres, reduced oxygen levels, and physical entrapment. Therefore, it is imperative that employees are adequately trained to handle these risks.

Key Components of Effective Confined Space Training:

  1. Identification and Risk Assessment:
  • Recognise confined spaces and conduct thorough risk assessments.
  • Evaluate potential hazards such as toxic gases, oxygen deficiency, and structural risks.
  1. Safe Systems of Work:
  • Develop and implement safe systems of work and method statements for tasks involving confined spaces. View our 20-point checklist to a safe system of work in confined spaces here.
  • Ensure these systems comply with the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice.
  1. Use of Protective Equipment:
  • Equip workers with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensure they are trained in its correct use.
  • Include gas detectors, breathing apparatus, and harnesses.
  1. Emergency Procedures:
  • Establish and practice emergency rescue plans.
  • Ensure all personnel are familiar with these procedures and can act swiftly in case of an incident.
  1. Ongoing Training and Updates:
  • Provide regular training updates and refreshers to keep employees informed of best practices and new safety regulations.
  • Encourage a culture of safety where employees feel empowered to voice concerns and suggest improvements. Learn more about how to do this here.

Moving Forward

As a training provider specialising in confined space safety, we are dedicated to helping prevent such tragic incidents through comprehensive and practical training programmes. Our courses are designed to equip your workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely navigate confined spaces, ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations and protecting the well-being of your employees.

Let the Kettering General Hospital incident serve as a crucial lesson in the value of confined space training. Invest in your team’s safety today to avoid the heavy costs of non-compliance tomorrow. Reach out to us to learn more about our training and how we can help you create a safer workplace, or view our guide to selecting the correct training course for your needs here.

We also offer a consultancy service whereby our team of in-house specialists can visit your site and identify confined spaces, risk rate them, and provide you with a custom safety plan to ensure that you have the necessary equipment, manpower, training and emergency procedures in place for safe operations. Simply get in touch with our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 to find out more.

Stay safe, stay informed, and prioritise training – it could save a life.

Additional Resources

For further information about confined spaces please see our full range of confined space training courses here or contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk.

Confined Space Safety Toolkit

Our in-house confined space experts have created a handy toolkit for confined spaces. It is designed to help SME’s understand their legal obligations under the Confined Space Regulations 1997, identify confined spaces, take appropriate actions, access compliance training, and most importantly keep their workforce safe. 

Explore the toolkit here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-safety-toolkit/


Contact us

If you have any questions or are unsure which training course is right for you, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk

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What Should be Reviewed in a Confined Space Risk Assessment?

   12 July 2024         Blogs

Conducting a confined space risk assessment is critical to ensure the safety and health of workers operating in such hazardous environments. A thorough risk assessment helps identify potential hazards and implement measures to eliminate or mitigate them.

Here’s a detailed look at the key elements that should be reviewed in a confined space risk assessment:

1. Oxygen Levels

Oxygen levels within a confined space must be closely monitored. Too little oxygen can lead to asphyxiation, while too much can increase the risk of fire or explosion. The assessment should:

  • Measure the current oxygen levels.
  • Ensure that oxygen levels are within the safe range (typically 19.5% to 23.5%).
  • Identify and control any factors that could deplete or enrich oxygen levels.

2. Entry and Exit Points

Safe entry and exit points are crucial for the safety of workers in confined spaces. The assessment should:

  • Evaluate the accessibility of entry and exit points.
  • Ensure that they are large enough for easy access and egress, especially in emergencies.
  • Check that they are free from obstructions and hazards.

3. Atmospheric Pressure

  • Abnormal atmospheric pressure can pose significant risks in confined spaces. The assessment should:
  • Measure the atmospheric pressure within the space.
  • Identify any equipment or processes that could alter the pressure.
  • Ensure measures are in place to maintain normal atmospheric pressure levels.
  • Identify how you will monitor the presence of gases other than oxygen

4. Oxygen Deficiency

Oxygen deficiency is a common hazard in confined spaces and can lead to serious health risks or fatalities. The assessment should:

  • Identify sources of oxygen depletion, such as chemical reactions or combustion processes.
  • Monitor oxygen levels continuously.
  • Implement ventilation or oxygen-supplying systems if necessary.

5. Lighting Sufficiency

Adequate lighting is essential for safe operations in confined spaces. Poor lighting can lead to accidents and hinder emergency responses. The assessment should:

  • Evaluate the adequacy of lighting within the confined space.
  • Ensure that lighting is sufficient for workers to see clearly and perform their tasks safely.
  • Check for emergency lighting in case of power failure.

6. Electrical Hazards

Electrical hazards can be deadly in confined spaces, where there is often limited room to move and avoid danger. The assessment should:

  • Identify any electrical equipment or wiring present in the confined space.
  • Ensure all electrical installations comply with safety standards and regulations.
  • Implement measures to prevent electrical and static shocks, such as proper insulation and grounding.

7. Emergency Assessment

Having a well-defined emergency plan is crucial for confined space work. The assessment should:

  • Review emergency procedures for potential scenarios, including rescue operations.
  • Ensure that all personnel are trained in emergency protocols.
  • Verify that emergency equipment, such as rescue harnesses, breathing apparatus, and communication tools, is available and in good working condition.

8. Work Environment

It is essential to review the current state/condition/structural soundness/contents of the confined space scene of operation (i.e. a tank or silo). For example, you should record where it is located, its condition, previous contents, internal machinery, how far from the point of entry will the work be carried out, etc. Be as thorough as possible.

9. Communications

If confined space entry operations are going be performed safely, you simply can’t tolerate a ‘failure to communicate.’  Communication with entrants in a confined space can come in a variety of forms, including:

  • Direct voice-to-voice communication between the attendant and the entrant(s)
  • Two-way radios, mobile phones, intercoms etc
  • Other methods of non-verbal or visual communication i.e. sirens, hand signals, flashing lights etc.

Rescue communication must be pre-planned, written down and clearly understood by all members of the confined space entry team.

Conclusion

A comprehensive confined space risk assessment is essential for maintaining safety and preventing accidents. By thoroughly reviewing oxygen levels, entry and exit points, atmospheric pressure, oxygen deficiency, lighting sufficiency, electrical hazards, and emergency procedures, industries can significantly reduce the risks associated with working in confined spaces.

Regular assessments and continuous monitoring ensure that potential hazards are promptly identified and mitigated, creating a safer working environment for all.

Additional Resources

Confined Space Entry Checklist & Permit to Work

Download our confined space entry checklist and permit to work form here: https://resources.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-entry-checklist-permit-to-work

Confined Space Safety Toolkit

Our in-house confined space experts have created a handy toolkit for confined spaces. It is designed to help SME’s understand their legal obligations under the Confined Space Regulations 1997, identify confined spaces, take appropriate actions, access compliance training, and most importantly keep their workforce safe. Explore the toolkit here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-safety-toolkit/


Contact us

If you have any questions or are unsure which training course is right for you, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk

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Help – I don’t know which confined space course my team need!

   12 July 2024         Blogs

In today’s fast-paced environment, ensuring your team is well-equipped to handle confined space situations is more critical than ever. Whether your employees are entering low-risk areas or performing high-stakes emergency rescues, our extensive range of confined space training courses provides the expertise they need to stay safe and efficient.

To help you determine the best training solution for your team, we’re excited to introduce our comprehensive guide and accompanying downloadable flowchart. This tool is designed to simplify the decision-making process, guiding you through our varied offerings to find the perfect fit for your specific requirements.

Our Training Courses:

Awareness of Confined Spaces

This introductory course is perfect for employees who need a fundamental understanding of confined space environments. It covers essential concepts, potential hazards, and basic safety protocols.

Confined Space Entry & Escape Breathing Apparatus

For teams required to enter confined spaces, this course provides hands-on training with breathing apparatus, ensuring they can safely enter and exit confined environments.

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces

Designed for those working in low-risk environments, this course provides comprehensive training on safety practices, entry procedures, and hazard identification.

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces

Designed for those working in medium-risk environments, this course provides comprehensive training on safety practices, entry procedures, and hazard identification.

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces

This is a safe entry training course for those working in high risk confined spaces, using compressed air and full working set breathing apparatus.

Level 2 Award in Tunnel Entry and Associated Emergency Procedures

This training course is for those who enter tunnels and require entry qualifications. The course includes risk control and self rescue.

Confined Space Medium Risk & Top Person

This specialised City & Guilds course targets those managing medium-risk confined spaces, emphasising coordination and supervision of entry operations to maintain safety standards.

Level 2 Award in Top Person for Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Non-Entrant)

Supervisory training course for overseeing work in medium risk confined spaces. Includes safe systems of work and emergency procedures.

Level 3 Award in Top Person for High Risk Confined Spaces (Non-Entrant)

Supervisory training course for overseeing work in high risk confined spaces. Includes safe systems of work and emergency procedures.

Authorised Person: Confined Spaces (refresher course also available)

Authorised Persons training course for safe entry control and working in confined spaces using MOD JSP 375 safety rules as best practice.

Download Our Flowchart

Choosing the right training course is crucial to your team’s safety and effectiveness. Our easy-to-use flowchart takes the guesswork out of the process. Simply download it and discover the ideal training course for your needs. Download here.

Why Choose Us?

UK-wide Coverage: Our confined space courses are run from our centres in Derby, York and Swindon. However, we also have a mobile confined space lorry which allows us to deliver a wide range of training at a location of your choosing.

Expert Trainers: Learn from industry experts with extensive field experience and up-to-date knowledge of safety standards and practices.

Accredited Certification: Gain recognised certifications from CAWBI and City & Guilds that validate your team’s expertise and commitment to safety.

Get Started Today!

Empower your team with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate confined spaces safely. Click here to download the flowchart and explore our full range of training courses here.

Equip your workforce with the best-in-class training they deserve.


Contact us

If you have any questions or are unsure which training course is right for you, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 876 6708 or email enquiries@developtraining.co.uk

Confined Space Safety Toolkit

Our in-house confined space experts have created a handy toolkit for confined spaces. It is designed to help SME’s understand their legal obligations under the Confined Space Regulations 1997, identify confined spaces, take appropriate actions, access compliance training, and most importantly keep their workforce safe.

Explore the toolkit here: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/confined-space-safety-toolkit/

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Understanding the Importance of Low and High Voltage Certification in Electrical Work

   26 June 2024        Blogs

Did you know…? 

When it comes to electrical work, the type of certification you hold is crucial for your safety and legal compliance. It’s essential to understand the differences between low voltage and high voltage certifications and the specific scopes they cover. 

Low Voltage vs. High Voltage Certification 

Low Voltage Certification: 

A low voltage certificate authorises individuals to work on electrical systems operating at voltages below 1,000 volts. This includes most residential, commercial, and light industrial electrical installations. 

High Voltage Certification: 

On the other hand, a high voltage certificate is necessary for working on systems that operate between 1,000 volts and 33,000 volts. These systems are typically found in heavy industrial settings, power generation plants, and high voltage distribution networks. 

Common Misconceptions 

Many people might be surprised to learn that holding a high voltage certification does not qualify an individual to work on low voltage equipment. Although the natural progression in an electrical career might seem to be moving from low voltage to high voltage work, this is not always the case. Some professionals start their careers with high voltage equipment and, consequently, may never obtain a low voltage certification. 

Legal and Safety Implications 

It’s crucial to remember that a high voltage certificate does not permit work on equipment below 1,000 volts. Doing so would breach the Electricity at Work Regulations. This violation not only increases the risk of injury and fatalities at work but can also result in significant financial penalties for the business. In severe cases, business owners and directors could face prison time. 

The Risks of Non-Compliance 

Non-compliance with electrical certification requirements is a serious issue. The risks include: 

  • Injury and Fatalities: Working with electrical systems without the proper certification can lead to potential life-changing or fatal accidents, posing serious risks to health and safety. 
  • Financial Penalties: Companies found in violation of the regulations can face hefty fines. 
  • Legal Consequences: Directors and business owners can be held personally liable, potentially resulting in imprisonment. 

 Ensuring Compliance through Effective Training 

At Develop, we offer a comprehensive range of electrical training courses designed to ensure you and your team are compliant with the latest regulations. Our training programmes cover all aspects of low and high voltage work, providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate safely and legally.  

Some of the courses we offer include, 

Competent Person: Low Voltage 

Authorised Person: Low Voltage 

HV Workshop – Practical Introduction to Safe Isolation of HV Equipment 

Authorised Person: High Voltage 

High Voltage Distribution Systems Design and Grading 

 Skilled Person: Mechanical (Boiler & Pressure Systems) 

We also deliver a course that will help upskill you from mechanical to electrical. By understanding the legalities, dangers and safe systems of work this course will ensure that you can carry out your duties as a maintenance engineer with the additional electrical skills and knowledge you need to stay safe. 

Don’t take unnecessary risks with your safety or your career. Ensuring you have the right certification for the voltage you work with is essential. Explore our courses and make sure you and your team are compliant with Develop’s professional training programmes.  

Remember, following the regulations isn’t just about compliance—it’s about protecting lives and livelihoods.  

Find the Right Course for You 

Not sure which course you need? Our expert customer service team is here to help. Contact us on 0800 876 6708 to discuss your training needs and we can help ensure you have the correct certification for your work. 

Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Richard Kennedy

   24 June 2024         Blogs

Meet the Team: Richard Kennedy

We’re thrilled to introduce Richard Kennedy, a key member of our confined space and working at height training team here at Develop. Richard’s journey has been anything but ordinary, marked by an array of diverse and exciting careers that have shaped him into the exceptional trainer he is today.

Continue reading to find out more about Richard’s career journey and what brought him to Develop.

 A Soldier’s Start

Richard began his professional life as a soldier, serving for three years in the armed forces. During his deployment in Northern Ireland, Richard soon realised this path was not for him as he learned he had more of a desire to help people rather than trying to shoot them.

From the ground to the skies

During his time in the military, Richard found joy helping out at his mother’s Greek restaurant, engaging with customers and honing his interpersonal skills. This experience laid the foundation for his next career move, and despite the seeming disparity, Richard transitioned smoothly to become a cabin crew member for British Midland International, a role he enjoyed for ten years.

Fighting Fires and Saving Lives

Seeking a return to an adrenaline-fueled environment, Richard joined the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, dedicating seventeen years to the service. He excelled as an Urban Search and Rescue Technician, saving countless lives. Overall, Richard spent six years as a firefighter, five years as a USAR technician, and six years as an Instructor for Urban Search and Rescue Skills, ensuring operations were conducted safely and compassionately. During this time Richard also became a member  of the UK’s International Search and Rescue Team.

A Brief Stint in Mine Rescue

Fast forward to 2021, and Richard became a mines rescuer. This was a role that demanded significant time away from home and after two years he decided that family came first and it was time to move on and seek a position closer to home.

Joining Develop Training

Richard’s journey led him to Develop, where one-year on he has already become an indispensable Confined Space and Working at Height trainer. His sessions are not just courses but experiences, consistently garnering rave reviews from delegates:

– “Richard was extremely knowledgeable and very thorough.”

– “Trainer was brilliant. An incredibly knowledgeable trainer who was incredibly informative and taught in a way that means I will retain the information I have learnt today.”

– “Richard presented the course very well and had a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience. The theory and practical were very good and well structured.”

Richard himself says, “ I try to bring a positive and humorous approach to my training, always looking on the brighter side of life. I believe in creating a positive learning environment, where engagement and enjoyment go hand-in-hand with education. My philosophy is simple: a positive learning environment is an effective one.”

And we at Develop certainly think his training courses are a testament to that.

Life Beyond Training

It will come as no surprise that until recently Richard was a keen mountain climber and mountain biker, it was when he was in Snowdonia he decided to hang up his boots. The famous Crib Goch, nicknamed ‘Knife Edge’, is known for being a dangerous scramble with even experienced climbers struggling to complete it. The ridge claims eight to ten lives per year and it was only when he reached the top of the deadly ridge that he realised his new-found fear of heights.

This likely comes as a surprise to you based on Richard’s previous occupations, and it came as a surprise to Richard as well, as this was not something that had not affected him previously. However, this new-found fear was a result of becoming a father – according to Richard all he could imagine while he was at the top of the ridge was how much trouble he would be in if he got hurt, thereby leaving his wife and a newborn to look after.

Now he prefers to stick to walks in the picturesque Lincolnshire countryside with the family’s doting dogs; a bulldog and a boxer. Richard is extremely family orientated and values his time with his wife and two young daughters.

Fun Facts

Claim to Fame: For work Richard attended the Labour Party conference in Brighton and witnessed Nelson Mandela deliver a memorable speech.

Linguistic Skills: Richard was fluent in French and can converse in Greek, reflecting his half-Cypriot heritage.

Wastewater

Webinar Recap: Key Updates in the Drainage and Wastewater Industry

   17 June 2024         Blogs

Webinar Recap: Key Updates in the Drainage and Wastewater Industry

Develop Training recently hosted a highly informative webinar discussing the latest updates in the drainage and wastewater industry. This event, held in partnership with WinCan and the Water Jetting Association (WJA), covered a wide range of crucial topics, including: 

  • The WJA’s latest Code of Practice, ‘Purple Code’. This CoP will support safe and productive water jetting in the lowest of the NACE pressure bands. It introduces a new operational standard and health & safety framework. 
  • The latest sewer inspection technology. 
  • Updates to sewer classifications. 
  • Changes to the expiration of MSCC4. 
  • Training requirements and available courses. 

If you missed the live event, don’t worry, you can watch the on-demand recording here. 

An unmissable opportunity for those working in drainage & wastewater 

Our panel of experts are: 

 

Danny Connor kicked off the session with an overview of the updated training certificates required for surveyors, explaining the steps to obtain these certificates. Following on, Paul Woodhouse showcased WinCan’s innovative drainage surveying solutions, highlighting how they can revolutionise industry practices. 

Tony King delved into the MSCC qualifications, discussing the transition from MSCC4 to MSCC6, and the governing bodies of the CCTV industry. Gordon Taylor from the Water Jetting Association concluded the presentations with detailed updates on the ‘Purple Code’ and the essential risk assessments required. 

The webinar wrapped up with a Q&A session, addressing questions submitted by attendees. Below are some of the key questions and responses: 

Q&A Highlights 

Q: What is the timeframe for CCTV personnel to update to MSCC5, given the potential financial burden on companies? 

A: The SING Group has set April 2024 as the expiration date for MSCC4, allowing a two-year transition to MSCC5. The recommended approach is through Develop’s two-day conversion course, OS30. Check available dates: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/courses/water-and-environmental/sewers-water-jetting/pipe-sewer-condition-conversion-to-mscc/ 

Q: Are there any challenges in applying MSCC Codes to composite and flexible pipes? 

A: This has been raised by various committees and we feel that the existing codes within MSCC5 are sufficient.  However when you start looking at scoring and grading it does become a different matter and we know some work is being done on composite and plastic pipes. If you feel there are examples of defects you would like to be code or you think there’s a lack of a code to cover the defect please forward them to us and we can take them to the UK steering group. It might be something we can get into MSCC6.  

If you have examples you would like to be included in MSCC6 please email marketing@developtraining.co.uk and your response will be forwarded to the relevant bodies. 

Q: How do current systems cope with coding of GRP Pipes and subsequent condition grading given that such pipes are composite in construction?” 

A: Paul Woodhouse replied “With AI, what we need to train the models that detect the features in the pipes, is material. We need pictures, videos and examples of the materials and the defects we are trying to find. We have some GRP but certainly more material would be a good thing. We need thousands and thousands of individual images to train the model on particular defects. We have some but we could always use more. We are looking for those defects but the more material we have the better it is. Then the subsequent condition grading is the same as Tony said previously. What we are doing inside the AI is looking for a defect, the way that it gets graded, scored and classified inside the software is irrelevant really whether it’s AI or human.” 

Q: What is the current recommended training and/or procedure for jetting from a full or surcharged manhole chamber? 

 A: Gordon Taylor replied “There are two ways to deal with this. If you have a combination unit with vacuum or a gully truck, there you would empty out that manhole. If you couldn’t do that, you should go down stream to the next manhole which is empty and begin jetting from there. If you cannot see the pipe it is not safe to put a jetting hose down there, as you do not know what is at the end of the pipe.” 

Q: How can we get the authorities to accept our data transferring? We still have major authorities asking for DVD and paper reports we are investing in these great programmes, but we feel the authorities are not developing along with our standards. 

 A: Paul responded with, “Really it is about education, we need to get out there, and we can certainly help you with that. We need to show the clients the benefit of these systems, if they are still receiving DVD and paper reports they are absolutely still in the cycle, as mentioned in the WinCan presentation. They are in a position of data loss if they are receiving a DVD, it won’t be used down the line, it will get lost in a draw and forgotten about. There are systems where we could transfer that but we need to get them into the digital world and we can only really do that through education and showing them the benefits.” 

Watch the Webinar On-Demand 

To view the full webinar on-demand, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/ZnsV2mRZtsY?si=wFm2D0m6ZUkKoFZi 

For any questions regarding the new regulations and systems, feel free to email marketing@developtraining.co.uk and we will pass your query onto the relevant team member. 

Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Danny Connor

   5 June 2024         Blogs


In this month’s edition of our ‘Meet the Team’ series we’re showcasing our Senior Wastewater Networks Trainer, Danny Connor. Danny is Develop’s resident expert in all things wastewater, water jetting and sewage systems.

Danny has nearly thirty years of experience working with water and sewers, with eight of those years being a trainer for Develop Training.

Building the foundation

The foundations for his career were set back in 1990’s where he was a ‘Back Lad’ on a CCTV Rig. During his time in this role Danny says he “gained a lot of expertise from carrying out the wide range of activities taking place on the rig”. It was this experience that eventually led him to become the Rig Leader.

Danny’s next career move was a highlight for him, as he went on to become the proud owner of his own drainage company for a ten-year stint. Danny’s business covered all aspects of the drainage industry including CCTV, high pressure water jetting, patch lining, full length lining, as well as excavations and repairs.

Over his extensive career, he has had many highlights however one that particularly stands out for him is when he was a part of a team that completed the full inspection of the Esholt Tunnel. This was not an easy task as this tunnel is around four and a half kilometres of continued tunnel and required extensive CCTV, laser and sonde data collection.

A side-step into training delivery

Eight years ago Danny decided to move to the training arena with the hope that he would be able to pass on his years of experience and knowledge to others. He was also keen to ensure that those in industry were receiving the high-quality training needed to carry out their dangerous roles.

Most recently, Danny was promoted to Senior Wastewater Trainer due to his impressive knowledge, continual positive delegate feedback, and his dedication to high quality training.

Danny also recently hosted an informative webinar on drainage and water jetting alongside the Water Jetting Association and WinCan. During the webinar the panel covered all aspects of the new high pressure water jetting  ‘Purple Code’ code of practice, the latest sewer inspection technology, updates to sewer classifications, changes to the expiration of MSCC4, training requirements and available training. The webinar is available here on-demand. [insert link]

Outside work

Away from his day job Danny finds enjoyment in football, supporting Crystal Palace. He also likes to spend time course fishing. The company of his four French Bulldogs is also very important and he is fond of taking them for walks, as well as to Frenchie dog meet ups.

If Danny looks or sounds familiar to you, you may know him by his other name ‘DJ DC’, a local DJ who is frequently featured on Groove London Radio.

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