The authorised gas tester (AGT) role is critical in testing for and ensuring safe working atmospheres, in particular: permit controlled confined spaces, and prior to and during hot work. The tasks authorised gas testers are required to undertake may vary depending on the workplace operation at the time. The tasks also vary in complexity and responsibility. Therefore, the AGT role has been split into three levels, they are: AGT Level 1, AGT Level 2 and AGT Level 3.
AGT Level 2 is required for those involved with testing for flammable gas in preparation for hot work.
The aim and objectives of the AGT Level 2 training programme is to ensure that personnel preparing for a gas tester role are equipped with the knowledge to safely conduct tests for flammable gases in preparation hot work in the workplace.
On successful completion of the training, the participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
- Hot work and the production of flammable and toxic gases
- The principles of hot work gas testing
- The hazards and properties of flammable gases
- Using risk assessments and safe systems of work
- The implications of organisational and statutory requirements
- How to interpret operational requirements
- How to select, use and care for PPE and RPE
- How to work within the Permit to Work system
- Interpreting relevant operational instructions
- The operating principles of atmosphere measuring equipment
- The strengths and weaknesses of flammable and toxic gas detection equipment
- How to set up the relevant detector and confirm its correct functioning
- Locating sentinel styled equipment for optimum benefit
- How to correctly obtain a representative sample of the atmosphere being tested
- Gas detector pre-start checks
- Calibrating the instruments
- Detectors used for the flammable product
- Interpreting and documenting the results