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Gas Monitor (GM)

Course Length

1 Day

Key Areas

  • Legislative controls
  • Properties, characteristics and behaviours of flammable and toxic gases
  • Asphyxiating and narcotic effects
  • Gas sensors - personal, transportable and portable
  • Gas Monitoring of hot work sites
  • Multiple-choice questionnaire and practical assessment
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Target Groups

These programmes are designed to meet the initial onshore training and
validation requirements for personnel preparing to work as a Standby/Safety Watcher during hot work and standby duties for confined space operations for a variety of products and work environments.

JMS Consultants work with clients to tailor training to the client’s 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.

Gas Monitor is for those who provide safety watch duties by the ongoing
monitoring of a hot work site and standby duties for confined space operations.

NOTE: In the workplace, persons undertaking Standby/Safety Watch duties at the entrance to a confined space shall be an Authorised Gas Tester or Gas Monitor.

Delegate Prior Achievement

There are no delegate pre-requisites for attendance on this course.

Physical & Stressful Demands of the Courses

Performance Validations

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.

Modules Summary and Training Outcomes

During the initial training programme, delegates will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Gas Monitor.

The training course consists of the following modules and elements:

Module 1 – Gas Monitoring

  • Providing safety watch duties for hot work sites and standby duties for confined space operations.

On Completion

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

Module 1 - Gas monitoring

  • Hot work (any operation involving naked flames or producing heat and/or sparks or any operation that has spark potential)
  • Confined space criteria
  • The type of operations being tested for flammable and toxic gases 
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Fire Watch 
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Stand-By person
  • Responsibilities of the Gas Monitor role
  • How to select, use and care for PPE
  • How to work within the safe system of work
  • The hazards and properties of flammable gases 
  • The behaviour of different gases
  • The potential arrival of flammable gas or vapour clouds at the hot work site
  • Impact of environmental changes on working conditions
  • The importance of checking controls on the equipment are as specified
  • Importance of regular communication
  • Sources of assistance and specialist support 
  • Completion of relevant documentation 

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 meet the learning outcomes for the Gas Monitor standard. They should proceed to the workplace for site specific assessment under the direct supervision of a competent person.

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