Hydrogen Sulphide is the chemical compound with the formula H2S. It is a colorless gas with the characteristic foul odor of rotten eggs. It is heavier than air, very poisonous, corrosive, flammable and explosive and can be created by natural biological processes or by human activity. It is important, therefore, for oil and gas personnel to be competent in emergency response practices necessary for them to stay and work in an environment with potential for exposure to H2S gas.
This course covers the emergency response competency requirements (Section E OPITO Approved Competence Units) and provides details of training required (Sections A to C) for personnel working in potential H2S environments.
This course covers the characteristics of hydrogen sulphide gas, potential physiological effects of exposure as well as the use of H2S equipment and escape breathing apparatus.
The objective of this course is to ensure that the participants gains the required knowledge and understanding of the particular hazards and properties of H2S, and appropriate emergency response actions to take should a H2S related incident arise.
On successful completion of the training, the participants will be able to explain:
- Hydrogen sulphide – how it is formed and where it is found
- Other names used to describe H2S
- Properties and characteristics of H2S
- Parts per million (ppm) as a measurement parameter
- Occupational exposure limits to H2S
- Factors affecting individual susceptibility to H2S
- Types of detector equipment
- Types of respiratory equipment
- Pre-use checks of personal detection devices and emergency breathing apparatus (EBA)
On successful completion of the training, the participants will be able to demonstrate:
- Operating personal H2S detection equipment (including checks)
- Responding to an alarm
- Donning & operating (including checks) an escape breathing apparatus (EBA) with a mask within 30 seconds;
- Donning & operating (including checks) an EBA with a hood within 30 seconds
- Connecting to a pressurised cascade breathing system with an activated EBA which has been donned correctly
- Disconnecting from a pressurised cascade breathing system with an activated EBA which has been donned correctly