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 3 is required for those who provide safety watch duties by the ongoing monitoring of a hot work site.
The aim and objectives of the AGT Level 3 training programme is to ensure that personnel preparing for a gas tester role involved in providing safety watch duties by the ongoing monitoring of a hot work site, are equipped with the relevant knowledge to safely carry out the role.
On successful completion of the training, the participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
- Hot work and the creation of toxic products
- The implications of organisational and statutory requirements
- How to select, use and care for PPE and RPE
- How to work within the Permit to Work system
- How to interpret operational requirements
- The hazards and properties of flammable gases
- The behaviour of different gases
- How a flammable gas or vapour clouds could arrive at the hot work site
- Checking the controls on the equipment
- The importance of regular communication
- Completing the relevant documentation