AGT Atmosphetic Testing & Monitoring
Authorised Gas Testing Course
Authorised Gas Tester Training – AGT: The hazards that the Confined Spaces Regulations address arise through the combination of the confined nature of the place of work and the possible presence of substances or conditions which, taken together, can increase the risk to safety or health.
Hazards can exist in the space (eg fumes or a flammable atmosphere) or they can be introduced to a substantially enclosed space that otherwise would be safe (eg fumes released when using chemical cleaners). The most likely hazards are as follows. Flammable substances and oxygen enrichment.
Fire & Explosion Risks
A risk of fire or explosion can arise from the presence of flammable substances, for example from fumes left in a tanker previously used for transporting petrol
- from an excess of oxygen in the atmosphere, for example, caused by a leak from an oxygen cylinder forming part of welding equipment
- from the presence of chemicals that can combust or spark in enriched (or in some cases normal) oxygen levels
- from the ignition of airborne flammable contaminants such as flour dust; or
- due to leaks from adjoining plants or processes that have not been effectively isolated.
The aim and objectives of the authorized Gas Tester training are to ensure that personnel preparing for a gas tester role are equipped with the knowledge to conduct gas tests for oxygen levels, flammable and toxic gases safely. This training program also equips the delegate with knowledge to conduct gas testing within confined spaces and awareness of associated confined space hazards. Delegates will also learn about relevant legislative requirements, gas measuring, and monitoring equipment, and documenting gas test results.
Confined Space Criteria
- Type of operations being tested for flammable and toxic gases
- Hazards of operation within an oxygen-enriched oxygen-deficient, toxic or flammable environment · Carrying out suitable and sufficient risk assessments
- Understand the safe systems of work, how to work within the safe system of work, and the associated responsibilities
- The implications of statutory and organisational requirements
- How to select, use and care for PPE and RPE
- Accessing and interpreting operational instructions
- Operating principles of atmosphere monitoring and measuring equipment and failure modes
- Strengths and weaknesses of various types of atmospheric flammable and toxic gas detection equipment.
- Correct selection of detectors to obtaining representative atmosphere sample
- Equipment required for testing hydrocarbons in inert atmospheres
- Gas detector pre-start checks
- Determining the extent of the test boundaries
- Calibrating the instruments used in atmospheric testing
- Sources of assistance during the event of damaged or defective equipment
- Interpreting and documenting the results · Documenting the results and advising relevant personnel
- Knowledge Test
Theory-based with some practical training and a Knowledge Test
Duration of this course is 1 day