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LOCATION: Company-wide ARTICLE YEAR 2004
ACTIVITY: Competence Assurance COMPANY: Tarmac Group
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Not applicable
BEST PRACTICE No: BP87 COMPANY TEL: 01793 698600
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Training – confined spaces
ARTICLE
When no training course for entry into confined spaces could be found that was tailored to the quarrying industry, Tarmac created its own. A meeting was arranged with Mines Rescue and EPIC where the concept of three courses, aimed at quarry management, their employees and contractors, was established:
• 1-day: managing confined spaces
• 2-day: entry into confined spaces
• toolbox talk for all site operations.

The management of confined spaces course covers the identification of confined spaces, their assessment, categorisation and the safe systems and precautions that need to be adopted, including emergency situations. On completion of the course, each delegate is provided with a briefing pack and PowerPoint presentation to enable them to provide awareness training to other employees.

The courses have proved successful with the operatives as, although they embrace legislation, they also make learning interesting and interactive wherever possible. The training has received EPIC accreditation and is now available to the whole industry.
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