Published 11 Jan 2013

Aberdeen based Health and Safety Training Company, AquaTerra Training Ltd, has received OPITO approval to deliver Authorised Gas Tester courses.

Accreditation of the occupational health and safety related course by the industry skills body marks a significant step forward for AquaTerra’s ambitions to become an international leader in practical Health and Safety related courses for industry.  The accreditation also adds depth to their service and further demonstrates to clients their commitment to quality assurance.

The Authorised Gas Tester qualification compliments AquaTerra’s other offerings such as Confined Space and Breathing Apparatus that already form part of the comprehensive portfolio of courses being run form the AquaTerra training centre in Kintore and at client facilities onshore and offshore both in the UK and overseas.

The level 1 course covers all aspects of Gas Testing for Oxygen, Flammable and Toxic gases up to and including the requirement for testing confined space atmospheres prior to personnel entry.

AquaTerra Training Director, Mark Pearce, said: ‘Our organisation continually strives to improve the quality of our business and service and gaining the OPITO approval not only compliments our existing accreditations and certifications but is also a significant achievement which further demonstrates our commitment to this agenda.’

We have already received considerable interest from our clients for this course and we are looking forward to running sessions both in Aberdeen and offshore on client rigs in the North Sea and West Africa.’

Established in 2004, AquaTerra Training Ltd employs over 25 employees from offices based in Aberdeen and Ghana and had a turnover of £1.5m in 2011 with a healthy increase expected for their 2012 results.

Our OPITO-approved Authorised Gas Tester Level 1 course is suitable for anyone involved in gas testing – including in confined spaces. This fire training covers all aspects of testing for oxygen and flammable and toxic gases, plus how to document results. Our course now includes practical training as well as theory sessions. Revalidation of certification is required every three years.

This course is primarily theory based, but has been extended to provide practical training. This does not prevent the need for the employing company to have in place their own competency assessments.

Course content covers:

  • Confined space criteria
  • The hazards of operations within an oxygen deficient, toxic or flammable environment
  • Carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment
  • Using safe systems of work
  • The implications of organisational and statutory requirements
  • Interpreting operational requirements
  • Selecting and using PPE and RPE
  • Working within the Permit to Work system
  • Gas detector pre-start checks
  • Calibrating the instruments used in atmospheric testing
  • How to set up the relevant detector for each gas testing application
  • The behaviour of different flammable and toxic gases
  • The range and frequency of tests
  • Acceptable levels of flammable and toxic gases
  • Performing gas tests in sequence
  • Obtaining a representative atmosphere sample
  • Monitoring and retesting
  • Where to site ongoing monitoring equipment
  • Interpreting and documenting the results
  • The operating principles of atmosphere monitoring and measuring equipment