Gas Test Atmospheres
This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to test the working atmosphere, using electronic test apparatus, to find out if it is safe for the proposed work.
It applies to situations where an individual may be required to carry out gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace. The competency requires the person to interpret readings and take actions based on the interpretation.
Working environment may be hazardous, unpredictable, subject to time pressure, chaotic and expose responders to risk, on land or water, by day or night. Workplace atmospheres may include visible and invisible hazards and hazardous surfaces.
The unit is suitable for use in the following situations:
- confined spaces
- enclosed and partially enclosed spaceshot work
- storage tanks, silos, pits, pipes, shafts, ducts, transport vehicles and ships
- testing as part of issuing a work permit
- monitoring as part of working under a work permit
- open areas
- holding the gas tester by hand
- lowering the gas tester into a space, e.g. on a line.
This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
Gladstone Training Services offers this unit as an optional part of their Enter and Work in Confined Spaces course and is available in the afternoon that the Confined Space course is running.
WHY CHOOSE GLADSTONE TRAINING SERVICES TO PROVIDE YOUR TRAINING?
Gladstone Training Services offer an exceptional Gas Testing Atmosphere Course. This unit of competence includes the skills and information necessary to assess the working environment using gas test equipment to determine whether it’s safe for the proposed task. It refers to instances in which a person is needed to do a gas testing atmosphere before entering a specific location or workspace. The person must be able to understand readings and take appropriate action depending on the interpretation. This unit of competency applies to an employee who works alone or as part of a team or group, and who communicates with other members of the shift team and the control room operator as needed. A Gladstone Gas Testing Atmosphere Certificate is something that will get you to further your career. We will assist you in obtaining a Gas Testing Atmosphere Certificate and finding the right job in the future.
We offer gas test atmospheres courses in person here in Gladstone. To discover more about the cost of your program, namely for gas test atmospheres training to prepare for your Gas Testing Atmosphere Certificate please contact us directly.
WHAT IS GAS TEST ATMOSPHERE?
Atmospheric testing is necessary for two different reasons:
- Evaluation of the permit space’s dangers and confirmation that they are acceptable
- There are admission requirements for that space
Below is the gas test procedure construction professionals usually undertake:
The first step is to conduct evaluative gas testing frequency in confined space. A gas test is required for a confined space using gas test equipment with sufficient sensitivity and specificity to identify and evaluate any hazardous atmospheres that may exist or arise, so that proper permit entry procedures and acceptable entry conditions for that location may be devised. A technically qualified professional should perform, examine and evaluate all data that were tested by the gas test device, as well as the formulation of the input technique. A gas test in confined space is a necessity for the safety of everyone.
Verification testing is the next step. The atmosphere of a confined space and gas test atmosphere that could include a hazardous atmosphere should be evaluated for residues of all contaminants detected using permit-specific equipment to ensure that residual concentrations at the time of testing and entry are within the range of confined space and environment conditions.
The length of testing comes next. Data for each atmospheric parameter should be measured for at least the gas test equipment’s minimum reaction time.
Then of course, stratified confined space are being tested. The atmosphere should be examined roughly at least 1.23m in the direction of travel and to either side when monitoring for entrances involving a drop into potentially stratified atmospheres.
And lastly, the testing sequence. Because most combustible gas meters are oxygen dependent and will not produce valid readings in an oxygen deficient environment, a test for oxygen is performed first. In most circumstances, the threat of fire or explosion is both more immediate and more life threatening than exposure to hazardous gases and vapors, hence combustible gases are examined first.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PERFORM A GAS TESTING ATMOSPHERE?
Gas test is required for areas that are not normally built to be places where people work, and these places might be dangerous. Gas test in confined spaces is required before construction workers could safely enter these areas. Poor ventilation is common in confined spaces, allowing dangerous atmospheres to develop fast, especially if the space is small. The dangers aren’t always clear, and they can alter from one restricted space entry to the next.
Working in confined and hazardous areas possibly with dangerous gases carries the following risks:
- The immediate consequences of airborne pollutants cause loss of consciousness, disability, injury, or death.
- The ignition of flammable pollutants can cause a fire or an explosion.
- Rescuing and treating a person who is hurt or unconscious
- Asphyxiation caused by a lack of oxygen or immersion in a free-flowing substance such as grain, sand, fertilizer, water, or other liquids.
The hazards associated with a collection of specific circumstances, not just the fact that work is performed in a limited space, define a confined space.
Gases within a confined space is defined as a space that is contained or partially enclosed:
- is not created or intended to be occupied by a person in the first place; and
- while any person is in the space, it is, or is designed to be, at normal atmospheric pressure; and
- is or is likely to be a health and safety hazard as a result of: an atmosphere with insufficient oxygen, or pollutants, such as gases, vapours, and dusts in the air, that could cause damage in the event of a fire or explosion, or noxious levels of any airborne pollutants, or engulfment.
WHAT ARE THE TWO TYPES OF ATMOSPHERIC TESTING DONE FOR CONFINED SPACE ENTRY?
First is to check for oxygen and combustible gases and second is for toxic gases and vapors. The findings of the testing — the actual test concentrations — must be recorded on the permit near the safe entrance levels.
HOW TO GAS TEST A CONFINED SPACE?
Gas testing for confined space is an incredibly crucial job for many types of construction work. The Gas Test Atmospheres course from Gladstone Training Services (GTS) in Australia, is designed to teach, train and assess students on how to use gas testing equipment for confined space to check for hazardous atmospheres.
The gas test atmospheres course is for those who aspire to be responsible for conducting atmospheric testing of workspaces to assess – if they are free of dangers and safe to work in. These people are usually in charge of monitoring potentially dangerous environments in the workplace.
Although there are no pre-requisites for this course, it is advised (but not required) that participants be experienced employees in full-time or part-time employment to finish the gas test atmosphere training within GTS’ course period. You should be aware with occupational dangers and related hazard controls connected with tasks covered by the gas test atmosphere certificate.
People should be trained properly on how to gas test for confined spaces and also follow these procedures:
- Comprehending work directions, both verbal and written
- Routine operations should be discussed with team members.
- Recognize that you’ll need a permit before you can start working.
- Organize, strategize and plan their own job
- Keeping a close eye on things and adjust to changing circumstances at work
- Collaborate successfully with others
- Recognize and respond to emergency situations
- Find the right tools and equipment for the job
If you are interested to discover companies offering gas test atmosphere jobs, you can check online.
HOW TO GET A GAS TESTING CERTIFICATE?
A gas test atmosphere training with an accredited institution is a requirement before applying for a gas test atmosphere certificate. This training is aimed for employees who may be responsible for monitoring potentially hazardous environments in several industries, like the telecommunications carrier network. It covers the skills and knowledge necessary to test the working environment using electronic test apparatus to determine whether it is safe for the proposed work, and it applies to situations in which an individual may be required to conduct a gas testing atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace, interpret readings, and take appropriate actions based on these readings.
The gas testing atmospheric refresher course is for those who have completed gas testing training and need to brush up on their skills and knowledge. Classes on gas test atmosphere refresher can be found on our website.
The following items are included in the course:
- Gases/atmospheres to be investigated
- Using risk assessment and hazard identification
- The use of gas test equipment, as well as the interpretation and reporting of the results
- Continuously monitoring the environment
- Cleaning and upkeep of gas test device
- Information about current legislation and regulations
People will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for Australia for Gas Testing Atmospheres and a wallet-sized card upon successful completion of the course.
What is the gas test atmosphere validity of your certificate? Does the certificate on gas test atmospheres have an expiry date? Although your Statement of Attainment has no expiration date, the construction industry guidelines strongly recommends that you re-train on a refresher course every two years.
The gas test atmospheres course does not require a medical certificate. At course enrollment, however, a health questionnaire and statement of fitness will be requested. If you have any doubts about meeting the practical gas test atmosphere training and assessment criteria, please contact GTS to discuss possibilities for reasonable requests.
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- Duration 25 hours
- Skill level Beginner
- Language English
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