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Authorised Gas Tester (AGT) Level 1

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Target group - those involved with performing a test for oxygen, flammable and toxic gases up to and including working in confined spaces.

On successful completion and assessment candidates will be awarded an AGT1 OPTIO Approved Qualification

Course Length: 2 Day(s)

Key Areas

  • Legislative controls
  • Properties, characteristics and behaviours of flammable and toxic gases
  • Asphyxiating and narcotic effects
  • Gas sensors - personal, transportable and portable
  • Confined Spaces Regulations - including practical exercise
  • Hot Work Gas Testing - including practical exercise
  • Multiple choice questionnaire and practical assessment

Target Groups

These programmes are designed to meet the initial onshore training and validation requirements for personnel preparing to work as Authorised Gas Testers for a variety of products and work environments.

JMS Consultants work with clients to tailor training to the clients specific needs across many sectors including exploration and production oil and gas companies, petrochemical and shipping companies, pharmaceutical companies, steel producers, tank cleaning and vessel inspection companies.

AGT Level 1 is required for those involved with performing a test for oxygen, flammable and toxic gases up to and including working in confined spaces.

NOTE: Persons undertaking Safety Watch duties at the entrance to a confined space shall be an AGT Level 1 Gas Tester.

Delegate Prior Achievement

There are no delegate pre-requisites for attendance on each of these courses.

Physical & Stressful Demands of the Courses

All personnel who participate in gas testing training should be medically fit and capable of participating fully. The responsibility for the individual completing the course, without any adverse effects to their present state of health, lies with the delegate and/or the company sponsoring the delegate.

Performance Validation

Delegates attending these training and validation programmes will be given a series of explanations and demonstrations which will identify what they are expected to know and do.

Validation of the delegates' performance will be against the stated Training Outcomes and will be achieved using a combination of Multiple-Choice Questionnaires and, where appropriate, observation/questioning during a practical exercise.

Delegates successfully completing the course validation will be judged to have been given the underpinning knowledge for Authorised Gas Tester Level 1, 2 or 3 to proceed to the workplace for site specific assessment under direct supervision of a competent person.

Modules Summary and Training Outcomes

During the initial training programme delegates will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an Authorised Gas Tester.

The training course consists of the following modules and elements:

Element 1.1 Testing in confined spaces
Element 1.2 Relevant legislative controls
Element 1.3 Atmosphere measuring and monitoring equipment
Element 1.4 Gas testing in confined spaces
Element 1.5 Interpreting and documenting the results

On Completion

On successful completion of the training, the delegate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

(1) Confined space criteria
(2) The hazards of operations within an oxygen deficient, toxic or flammable environment
(3) Carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment
(4) Using safe systems of work
(5) The implications of organisational and statutory requirements
(6) Interpreting operational requirements
(7) Selecting and using PPE and RPE
(8) Working within the Permit to Work system
(9) The operating principles of atmosphere monitoring and measuring equipment
(10) Gas detector pre-start checks
(11) Calibrating the instruments used in atmospheric testing
(12) How to set up the relevant detector for each gas testing application
(13) The behaviour of different flammable and toxic gases
(14) The range and frequency of tests
(15) Acceptable levels of flammable and toxic gases
(16) Performing gas tests in sequence
(17) Obtaining a representative atmosphere sample
(18) Monitoring and retesting
(19) Where to site ongoing monitoring equipment
(20) Interpreting and documenting the results

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