A team of 7 IMS Engineers took part in the Entry into Confined Spaces with full breathing apparatus training, including rescue techniques. This 3-day course was run by Northamptonshire based provider Citrus Training.
The course was delivered using a mobile training unit set up at our IMS Headquarters in Portsmouth. This unit is a specialist training facility providing a replicated confined space within, allowing attendees to practice moving around the internal space, whilst wearing breathing apparatus and practicing emergency rescue.
The confined spaces training aimed at giving IMS Engineers a good general understanding of confined spaces, approved code of practice (ACOP), the dangers that are associated with entering confined spaces and how to exit them safely by vertical and/or horizontal entry.
Some of the areas covered included:
- Atmospheric monitoring
- Safety equipment and checks
- Health hazards and controls
- Escape and full working breathing apparatus
- Practical exercises and assessment
The training also covered basic first aid techniques where our Engineers learnt how to stabilise a casualty by administering oxygen, resuscitation and CPR in the absence of a first aider, along with:
- Airway management and oxygen therapy
- Control of bleeding and wounds
- Dealing with an unconscious casualty
- Cause/treatment of fractures, shock and burns
- Secondary assessment and recovery position
Confined spaces training outcomes
Identifying a confined space – Following the training the Engineers are now competent in identifying a confined space and selecting the correct methods of risk control.
Health & Safety – Capable of choosing the right safety equipment, reporting and recording accidents/injuries with (RIDDOR), using full breathing apparatus, performing first aid and basic life support.