So you’ve been booked on to a confined space training course by your employer, you’ve received the joining instructions and course content for the day.

But what exactly happens on the day?

One of our recent delegates recalls his experience attending a Confined Space Basic Entry course:

8.45am I arrive at the Alpha Training Academy in Poling, West Sussex, which is just off the A27 between Worthing and Chichester. There’s plenty of parking on site and I get treated to a lovely view of the surrounding fields.

8.50am I go through to the training room, sign in and help myself to a coffee. The trainer and some of the other delegates are already there and I have a brief chat with them. The training room is nice and bright and the trainer is very welcoming, putting us all at ease.

9.00am The course kicks off with some housekeeping and I get to find out what the other delegates do for work. The trainer goes on to cover Confined Space legislation and regulations, recent incidents in the UK and common hazards. The content is delivered through a mixture of Power Point presentations and videos – interspersed with some personal anecdotes by the trainer which are both entertaining and helpful.

There’s a practical demonstration where the delegates get to work through the confined space working process and contacting supervisors.

10.45am It’s break time, and we get to have a cup of tea and biscuits.

11.00am The remainder of the morning session is made up of some more presentations, videos and practical demonstrations covering gases, hypoxia, ventilation and diseases. I can already see the relevance to my day job.

12.30pm It’s lunchtime and we head over to the breakout area to enjoy our sandwich lunch.

1.00pm Feeling fully refreshed we head back to the classroom. The trainer covers decontamination, work equipment, face fit and minor injuries and I am busy taking notes on my notepad.

2.20pm A quick tea and coffee break helps to energise us for the practical afternoon session.

2.30pm We get kitted up in our PPE and head over to the on-site training facility, and put what we’ve learned into practice. We simulate a scenario which puts our knowledge of escape breathing apparatus and access equipment to the test. The trainer provides consistent feedback and helpful pointers to ensure correct use.

4.00pm We head back to the training room for a debrief on the practical session, fill out some paperwork and our feedback forms and then we head off home after an action-packed and insightful day. On the way home I think about how best to incorporate what I’ve learnt today in my day job and am grateful for the course book and my notes.

Please note that course content and timings may vary.

You can view the full range of Confined Space Training courses here.