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  • BCGA conference review - Significant safety progress in the UK
    be identified and treated if exposed to fires ヨ resulting in much shorter disruption to the public and services in the future Sir Ken gave some examples where major transport hubs railway stations in London had to be closed for 48 hours due to the poor identification process and old methods of cooling down acetylene cylinders for 48 hours It is hoped that a reduction in the period of disruption can be achieved beyond just London to more than 50 fire services across the UK and eventually in Europe too Working together Various Technical Committee heads presented some of the latest work undertaken while TSC 5 Chairman David Hopper presented an interesting overview of the development of the REACH programme for the gases business ヨ which will take nine years to complete but is necessary for delegates to be aware of and participate in Hopper stated how important it is that industry works together to achieve effective REACH deliverables and standardise product knowledge and labelling across Europe and eventually around the world Gas Safe s Terry Broughton provided an excellent presentation on Safety Training within the Gases Industry and showed examples of how it is all too easy to get it wrong with nasty consequences With proper training programmes and common sense however the industry can continue to improve its current highly respectable safety record Sustained innovation During his opening speech Matthias Kuhn highlighted the role of innovation and referred to the recent gas world interview with John Raquet of Spiritus Consulting quoting how the gases industry is robust and モwill not stagnate as we are an industry of innovation and we will continue to grow through technology and gas developmentsヤ Upholding this train of thought well known BBC journalist Peter Day took to the stage with his speech about

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  • gasworld feature Gas Safe Consultants - Leading the market to gas safety
    new clients ヤ Workshops Gas Safe provides Instructor led workshops delivered by highly skilled industry trained experienced course directors focusing delegates on the consequences of adopting poor working procedures when using gases and associated equipment The company places great emphasis on the use of interactive and team based learning modules within its workshops which are designed to be both practical and thought provoking With delegate numbers kept to an optimum level to ensure full participation and involvement Gas Safe training shows gas users how to operate in line with best operating practices and in accordance with relevant Codes Of Practice Guidance Notes and Legislation Each workshop allows participants the opportunity to benefit from knowledge sharing and from learning with individuals who have similar gas related experiences while all workshops include graphic case studies of real incidents that resulted from poor working practices Such an approach raises an individual s awareness of the hazards associated with the use of both compressed and liquefied gases the company says and how to approach risk assessments in real world situations In order to maintain its position as market leader and serve clients needs effectively Gas Safe continues to update its workshops and add fresh methods of delivery in response to customer requirements Newly forged and nurtured relationships with gas and equipment suppliers also bring the company s services to a much wider audience Interactive learning Keen to embrace new methods and techniques the team at Gas Safe has introduced and developed a range of practical workshops to meet the client s needs and provide their employees with hands on training This training is coupled with the provision of generic Standard Operating Procedures in the form of workshop literature Furthermore Gas Safe introduced Refresher Workshops in 2007 that have been designed to test a delegate

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  • BCGA aim to provide guidance for training providers
    is to provide guidance to Training Providers who are members or associate members of the BCGA on the provision of training services related to the safe use of compressed and cryogenic gases and associated equipment Health and Safety at Work legislation places increasing demands on employers and employees in the pursuit of improved safety performance in the workplace Risk assessment and appropriate training are key factors in achieving this in the gases industry technical and safety training for users of compressed or liquefied gases is thus an important focus area The primary objective of the British Compressed Gases Association BCGA is to promote safe practice throughout the gases industry and the Association recognizes the fundamental part that training can play in achieving the desired level of safety performance Gas users in the UK have access to theoretical and practical training workshops provided by a number of organizations While it must remain the responsibility of the Client to decide which training providers best meet their individual needs consistency and common objectives among these providers will ultimately contribute to improving safety standards in the widest sense Equally Training Providers have a responsibility to support the BCGA in achieving its objectives and to

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  • Safety in the industry - Operating safely with gases
    spot those hazards and calculate the risks The third relevant factor which is not unrelated to the second is the production and usage of Standard Operating Procedures SOP s also commonly referred to as Method Statements Most activities or operations that occur within a workplace should have a documented Standard Operating Procedure detailing exactly how the operation is to be carried out Members of staff undertaking the operation in question must have been properly trained in this and that fact formally recorded in their training record and have access to any relevant risk assessment document s Users of oxy fuel equipment who do not have access to any form of SOP have often been found to be using incorrect light up and shut down techniques for years as a consequence Gas Safe also frequently hears that operators are time served and learned about welding at college or during an apprenticeship and know how to do the job properly In response the safety specialist company asks to see their nozzle data charts correct spark lighters and leak test solutions which they are unable to produce This means that operators are frequently using the wrong nozzle size for the job not setting the correct pressures and then not checking for leaks prior to lighting up the equipment using the wrong type of spark lighter Fourthly the question of Equipment Inspection and Replacement is relevant Regulators and other items of gas control equipment should receive a visual inspection each time prior to use and be inspected at regular intervals with written reports on their inspection being produced and kept It is a common misconception that regulators can be used indefinitely as long as they appear to be in good condition In fact gas regulators and some other associated equipment have a life span that is typically five years Once they reach this age they must be replaced or professionally refurbished irrespective of how much use they have had It is not acceptable for organisations to state that they have not replaced equipment that has passed its expiry date based on the fact they felt it was costly to do so Additionally gas control equipment tends to be checked but is not tagged to indicate the date of inspection and the next due inspection date In these instances it is not possible to demonstrate whether or not the equipment is safe to use The fifth factor concerns Piped Systems carrying gases or cryogenic liquids under pressure The majority of piped systems encountered are subject to the requirements of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 PSSR A good number of these including those cryogenic pressure storage vessels that fall under the scope of PSSR do not have the relevant Written Scheme of Examination in place This is a legal requirement however companies cannot operate the equipment without one Additionally few pipelines are inspected examined and pressure tested on a regular basis which is also a legal requirement This situation results in pressure systems being used

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