Gas Safety Training

Why is training required?

Employers must meet their obligations in respect of the Health and Safety at Work Act to 'Provide information, instruction and training to ensure the health and safety at work of employees'. BCGA Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes enforce this requirement.

 

Who needs to be trained?

All persons who work with and come into contact with gases and associated equipment. Gases come in many forms and may, for example, be compressed, liquefied, dissolved or cryogenic.It is the duty of the employer to ensure their persons are adequately trained and to establish competency.

What should training include?

Training can include both classroom and practical elements. All staff should have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their job safely and they should receive appropriate information, instruction and training, including induction and periodic refresher training. A record should be kept of all the training delivered and of the competence level achieved.

Training Topics relevant to the gases and processes in use could include:

  • The hazards and key properties of the gases.
  • Correct storage requirements.
  • How to manage and operate any containers storing the gases.
  • Manual handling of gas containers.
  • How to safely use the gases.
  • How to operate any equipment using the gases.
  • How to maintain such equipment.
  • Ventilation and monitoring systems, including gas detection
  • What to do in case of unplanned gas escapes.
  • The use of appropriate personal protective equipment.

HSE provide additional guidance in their publication HSE INDG 345, Health & Safety Training. A brief guide.HSE provide additional guidance in their publication HSE INDG 345, Health &Safety Training. A brief guide.

The following BCGA publications provide specific advice on training:

BCGA GN 20 - Guidance for BCGA trainers.
BCGA GN 23 - Identifying gas safety training requirements in the workplace.

Who can provide this training?

Several BCGA member companies provide training and/or a range of associated services. See the full list here.

Committees

Within BCGA general training on gases is the responsibility of Technical Sub-Committee (TSC) 6. A specialist working group, the Training Providers Working Group provides expert advice to TSC6. Members can access information on TSC6 and the Training Providers Working Group via the ‘Members' area.

Publications

Many BCGA publications provide advice on training within their specialist subject areas. All BCGA publications are accessible via the Publications page. The following publications provide specific advice on training.