Specialist Safety Introduction

The specialist safety services we provide have been divided into two sections, Confined Space and Breathing Apparatus.

Both of these sections are complimentary in that all Confined Space training courses will include elements of breathing apparatus training.

Although they are complimentary they can both be covered as “Stand Alone” training for refresher courses and potential qualification upgrade.

This page outlines the range of respiratory protection equipment training courses provided by us.  

Respiratory Protection Equipment or Breathing Apparatus.

The respiratory protection equipment training courses that we offer are designed to be complimentary to not only confined space courses but also some of the General Safety courses we provide.  

The training course you need will be determined by the type of breathing apparatus or respirator you are looking to select, either through purchase or hire and ultimately operate and use.

Please contact us for further advice.

Breathing Apparatus sign used to identify storage location.

Training Courses

The training courses we provide are.

Constant Flow Escape Breathing Apparatus
Positive Pressure Escape Breathing Apparatus
Oxygen Re-breathers
Full Duration or Working Breathing Apparatus
Supplied air respirators
Breathing Apparatus Airline Equipment
Breathing Apparatus Control Procedures

Breathing Apparatus - Questions.

What is escape breathing apparatus?

We use the Drager Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus.

Escape BA is light, compact respiratory protection equipment designed to enable safe, effective and non-arduous escape from hazardous environments.

Escape BA is short duration self contained compressed air breathing apparatus used for escape purposes only. It is not to be used for working or for rescues.

The duration of an escape BA Set can be either 10 or 15 minutes dependent on the size of cylinder fitted. 

What does constant flow mean?

We use the Dräger Saver CF constant flow Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus

CF stands for Constant Flow which means that when the trigger pin is released the air will be flowing at a set rate of 40 litres/min.  The flow rate cannot be increased.

The flow starts immediately the pin is released and continues to flow at 40 lts/min until the cylinder is exhausted or the pin replaced.

What does positive pressure mean?

We use the Dräger Saver PP positive pressure Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus

PP stands for Positive Pressure which means that when the trigger pin is released the air will flow to the lung demand valve.

When the facemask is donned and on first breath actuation the air will flow to meet the demands of the wearer. The flow rate is such that there should always be a pressure above atmospheric in the facemask.  This is to reduce the likelihood of leakage of toxic gases being drawn into the facemask.

Air to the facemask flows immediately the wearer starts to breathe and continues to flow at the wearers demand until the cylinder is exhausted or the lung demand valve is set to “No Flow”.

What does Oxygen Re-breather mean?

We use the SavOx Industry self-rescue oxygen re-breather.

The air we inhale contains 21% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen and 1% other gases.

We exhale 17% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen,  1% Others and 4% Carbon Dioxide.

The Savox re-breather is a closed circuit escape breathing apparatus to be used in a dangerous environment by a wearer to effect a self rescue.

  • When donned the wearers exhaled air is
    directed into a chemical canister containing potassium hyperoxide.
  • The potassium hyperoxide reacts with the humidity and the carbon dioxide of the exhaled air to create oxygen.
  • The produced oxygen combined with the exhaled air is fed into the breathing bag and is then inhaled again.
  • Duration 30 min [breathing volume 35 l/min]
    up to 3 h [breathing volume 10 l/min].
What does full duration mean?

We use the Dräger PA94 and PSS3000 Full Duration Breathing Apparatus.  

We refer to these as full duration or working sets because they are fitted with 9litre cylinders charged to 200bar to give a nominal full duration of 45mins at an assumed breathing rate of 40lts/min.

These breathing apparatus sets are designed to enable a wearer to enter and work in dangerous environments and for emergency rescues.

What are powered air respirators?

Powered Air-Purifying Respirator PAPR are designed for working in a hazardous environment containing airborne particles and/or gases or vapours.

Battery operated they consist of a blower and filter cartridges. The ambient contaminated air is:

  • Drawn into the blower
  • Passed through the filter cartridges
  • Contaminants are withdrawn
  • Fresh air blown to the facemask.

They are not designed for use:

  • In atmospheres containing less than 19.5
    percent oxygen.
  • In atmospheres immediately dangerous to life or health.
  • In flammable atmospheres
What are supplied air respirators?

Supplied air respirators such as the MSA Turbo Flo are used for longer duration working.

Fresh air is drawn from a hazard free atmosphere to supply the wearer.  These can be either assisted or non-assisted supply.

Assisted

Fresh breathable quality air is drawn into a blower or air pump and pumped to the wearer through an air supply hose.

Non-assisted

Fresh breathable quality air is drawn by lung power through an air supply hose.

What is BA Airline Equipment?

BA Airline equipment is used to provide extended duration use of respiratory breathing apparatus positive pressure protection.

The extended use is achieved by using a bank of cylinders.  Air is drawn from one and when it is running low the operator of the airline equipment opens a second full cylinder to maintain the supply to the wearer.  The low cylinder is removed from the bank and replaced with a full one.

BA Airline can be used:

  • As “Stand Alone ” equipment in that the wearer is directly connected solely to the air supply
  • In conjunction with escape BA sets such as the Drager Colt or Dager Saver PP fitted with secondary connector.
  • In conjunction with full duration BA by utilising an Automatic Switch over Valve.
What are BA Control Procedures?

Breathing Apparatus Control Procedures are safety procedures designed to ensure the safety of BA wearers by:

  • Determining their cylinder pressure
  • Calculating their working duration
  • Recording the time they entered the danger area
  • Identifying the time they should safely leave the place of danger to return to a point of ultimate safety
  • Identify the work being done and its effect on the wearers breathing rate
  • Identify the location and distance from the entry point
  • Have emergency procedures in place
Is face fit testing necessary?

Not all types of RPE require a face fit test.

Face fit testing is required to ensure that respiratory protection equipment is not only suitable but is safe for the wearer.

Safety in this case is to ensure that the:

  • Wearer is capable of putting on the RPE correctly
  • Type of RPE selected can provide an effective seal to prevent inward leakage

Face fit testing should be conducted by a competent person and the test certificate is only valid for the RPE used on the test.

Wearers of RPE shall be clean shaven when conducting the test.

If you are clean-shaven when RPE you reduce the possibility of leakage of contaminated air around the edges of the mask and into your lungs.

If there are good reasons for having a beard (eg for religious reasons), alternative forms of RPE, that do not rely on a tight fit to the face, are available.

How do you calculate the air capacity of a compressed air cylinder ?

The air capacity is calculated by multiplying the volume of the cylinder by the charging pressure. The volume of the cylinder will be expressed in litres water gauge ie the quantity of water it would hold.

Escape sets use 2 litre and 3 litre cylinders.  The most common size cylinder for full duration sets is 9 litre.

From the above a:

9l cylinder charged to 200bar contains 1800lts of air
2l cylinder charged to 200bar contains 400lts of air
3l cylinder charged to 200bar contains 600lts of air

Cylinders charged to 300 bar will not contain a quantity of air as per the above equation.  Due to compression factors a 9l cylinder charged to 300 bar would contain 2455lts of air and not the 2700lts as per the equation above.

What is the assumed air consumption rate for Escape BA?

The assumed air consumption rate for escape BA is 40lts/min.

Breathing Apparatus cylinders used with escape Ba are:

  • 2litre cylinder charged to 200bar has a capacity of 400lts 
  • 3litre cylinder charged to 200bar has a capacity of 600lts 

Constant Flow sets are regulated to provide a flow of 40lts/min so for a 

  • 2litre cylinder the escape time is 10mins a CF10 set.
  • 3litre cylinder the escape time is 15mins a CF15 set.

For CF Sets.  These are accurate escape times.

Positive Pressure sets provide air as demanded by the wearer.  The consumption rate therefore varies based on the breathing rate and depth of breathing of the wearer.  

Positive pressure sets are given notional escape times of 10mins for a PP10 set and 15mins for a PP15 set based on the above cylinder capacities.

This is a notional escape time.  If the wearer breathes and uses less than 40lts/min then the sets will have an increased duration.

If the wearer needs and uses more than 40lts/min then the sets will have decreased duration.

For PP Sets.  These are inaccurate escape times.

 

 

What is the assumed air consumption rate for Full Duration BA?

The assumed average consumption rate for Full Duration BA has historically been 40lts/min.  

This has been based on tests where the results have shown that someone walking at a speed of 4MPH would have a breathing rate of approximately 20 times/min. and that with every breath they consumed 2lts of air.

This has been standard acceptance since the introduction of duration tables in 1962.

The Fire Service today use an accepted air consumption rate of 50lts/min for sets fitted with a single cylinder when calculating their duration tables.

For twin cylinder sets a consumption rate of 56lts/min is used.

 

What is the full duration of breathing apparatus?

The full duration of a BA sets is.

From when the cylinder valve is opened until the cylinder is exhausted.  The amount of air will depend on cylinder size and charging pressure.  The consumption rate will depend on the assumed consumption rate.

A 9litre cylinder charged to 200bar would contain 1800lts. (Full duration Set)

  • With an assumed consumption rate of 40lts/min the notional full duration is 45mins.
  • With an assumed consumption rate of 50lts/min the notional full duration is 36mins.

A 2litre cylinder charged to 200bar would contain 400lts (PP10 Escape Set)

  • With an assumed consumption rate of 40lts/min the notional full duration is 10mins.
  • With an assumed consumption rate of 50lts/min the notional full duration is 8mins.

A 3litre cylinder charged to 200bar would contain 600lts (PP15 Escape Set)

  • With an assumed consumption rate of 40lts/min the notional full duration is 15mins.
  • With an assumed consumption rate of 50lts/min the notional full duration is 12mins.

These are notional  duration times in that they are calculated on an average consumption rate over the time of use.

 

 

What is the working duration of breathing apparatus?

The working duration of a BA sets is.

From when the cylinder valve is opened until the Low Pressure Warning Whistle sounds. The LPWW is set to sound at 55bars but can sound between 50 to 60bars.  At this point wearers should be back at the entry point.  This is assumed to be 10minutes before the cylinder is exhausted.  The 10minutes is an inbuilt Safety Margin.

So therefore for;

A 9litre cylinder charged to 200bar would contain 1800lts. (Full duration Set)

  • With an assumed consumption rate of 40lts/min the notional full duration is 45mins minus 10 gives a notional working duration of 35mins.
  • With an assumed consumption rate of 50lts/min the notional full duration is 36mins minus 10 gives a notional working duration of 26mins.

Escape Sets do not have a LPWW  The full duration is the actual working duration. There is no inbuilt safety margin.

Once again these are notional  duration times in that they are calculated on an average consumption rate over the time of use.

 

 

What is the Safety Margin?

The safety margin of a BA sets is.

Defined as the time from when the Low Pressure Warning Whistle starts to sound until the cylinder is exhausted.  

This is always assumed to be 10mins,ie

Full Duration = Working Duration + 10 or 

Working Duration = Full Duration – 10

 

What are BA duration tables?

Breathing Apparatus duration tables are calculations of the working duration for a range of cylinder pressures.  These are used calculate the Time of Whistle of a BA Wearer.

Cylinder Pressure
Bar

 

40lts/min

Working Duration
Mins

 

50lts/min

Working Duration
Mins

200

 

35

  26

190

 

32

  24

180

 

30

  22

170

 

28

  20

160

 

26

  18

Example:

If a wearer went into a risk area at 12:00 with 170bar in the cylinder  For a 40lts/min consumption rate the wearer would be expected to return at 12:28.

If the wearers consumption rate was below 40lts/min then the Time of Whistle calculation would not be accurate and could be increased.  Standard practice is that if the wearer fails to return at or before time of whistle it may be deemed to be an emergency.

If the weraers consumption rate is higher than 40lts/min the the LPWW will sound earlier.

The wearer is expected to take regular gauge checks to ensure leaving before Time of Whistle.

What causes your breathing rate to increase??

Breathing rate is determined by the level of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream.  This is monitored by the brain and if it detects an increase in level the lungs and heart will work harder to restore the balance of gases.

Breathing rate and in consequence air consumption rate can be increased by a number of factors:

  • Hard Work, running, walking faster, climbing ladders, etc
  • Compressed chest, restricted movement, etc
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Fear, fright, stress, anxiety, panic, etc
  • Feelings of claustrophobia
  • Hyperventilation,
  • Oxygen deficiency,
  • Injuries, shock
  • Underlying medical conditions,
  • Build up of Carbon Dioxide in a facemask or hood.

If the brain is deprived of oxygen or feels it is being deprived of oxygen then the normal defence mechanism is to faint/collapse in the hope that the blood containing oxygen will find an easier return path to the brain.

Breathing Apparatus Training Courses

Respiratory protective equipment enables:

  1. Wearers to enter into a dangerous area to work with equipment designed to keep them alive.  The duration of use dependent on the equipment selected. 
  2. Entrants to safely escape from a dangerous area using life safety equipment usually with limited duration.
  3. Rescue teams to enter to rescue and recover casualties in an emergency.  Once again using life safety equipment  for use by the rescuers and possible life safety equipment taken in to sustain life.

The training courses listed below outline details of each course designed and delivered by us with the emphasis being on safe people, safe use, safe equipment and safe procedures. 

Being firm believers in Murphys Law we cover the limitations of the equipment, the potential faults/failures and the ways to rectify knowing that on failure of this equipment there may be limitations in Plan B. The aim is safe in, safe use, safe out.

For each of the courses listed below the introduction section shows the course content. This is only a snippet of the actual content which is shown in greater detail on each of the individual training pages.

Constant Flow Escape Breathing Apparatus Training.

Constant Flow Escape BA Training  –  Introduction.

This training course has been designed for anyone who selects the equipment for use, wears or who might need to wear constant flow escape breathing apparatus. 

Companies who use constant flow escape BA either purchase or hire the equipment.  Training in the use of constant flow escape breathing apparatus is normally conducted during a confined space course during Session 7-02 Escape Breathing Apparatus & Oxygen re-breathers.

When purchased or hired there is no training provided.

The manufacturer states that constant flow breathing device can be used with minimal training.

Constant Flow Escape BA - Questions.

Why use Constant Flow escape BA?

Constant flow escape breathing apparatus is designed for:

  • Ease of use
  • Minimal training 
  • Can be worn by persons with glasses
  • Can be worn by people who are unshaven or have beards
  • Non arduous escape where the air consumption rate does not exceed 40lts/min

10mins or 15mins. Which set to use will be determined by the escape distance, route to be travelled (do you have to climb ladder ie one person at a time)  This should be determined as part of the safe system of work to ensure compliance with the need for adequate emergency arrangements.

Can we use Constant Flow escape BA for work?

If there is a need to enter any place where the atmosphere has been assessed as dangerous the use only the appropriate equipment.  Constant Flow escape breathing apparatus is totally unsuitable for the job.

Constant flow escape breathing apparatus is for escape purposes only where the breathing rate of the wearer will not exceed the supply of 40lts/min.

Increased breathing rate will cause the hood to collapse around the wearers face, the visor to mist up, potential claustrophobia, potential hyperventilation all of which could lead to an emergency situation where the wearer panics, pulls the hood from the head and collapses.

If someone has entered a hazardous area to do work using escape BA then I must assume that adequate emergency arrangements have not been put in place leading to the potential death of the entrant.

Can we use Constant Flow escape BA to carry out rescues?

Constant flow escape breathing apparatus is for self rescue purposes only.  Do not even contemplate the use of this equipment to carry out rescues.

Self rescue escape breathing apparatus is not designed for and is totally unsuitable for use as rescue equipment. The carrying, dragging or turning of a person, over even the shortest distance, will lead to an increased demand for air greater than the 40lts/min maximum supply.

This exertion will lead to collapse of the hood around the wearers head, potential hyperventilation and the feelings of claustrophobia which will result in the wearer pulling the hood from his head.  We now have two people needing rescue with obvious inadequate rescue procedures that had not been put in place.

No training company will ever advocate the use self contained escape breathing apparatus, no matter what the duration equipment, for rescue purposes.  

What can go wrong with Constant Flow escape BA?
Fault   Remedy

Insufficient air.

Cylinder recharged but failed to allow to cool and top up.

 

Check before use.  

Do not use if the needle is in the red.

Locking Pin failed to release.

Main cause is failure to connect the snaphook

 

Indicated by no flow into hood.

Locate pin and pull it out.

Ripped neckseal

Snagged on watches, rings, etc

Failure to achieve seal

 

Put on and position hood

Maintain seal using hand to close any air gaps

Badly located inner ,mask.

Failure to properly locate  he chin.

 

Re-position with chin located correctly

Overrunning supply causing collapse of hood and misting of visor.

Breathing rate increased above 40lts/min or due to hyperventilation.

 

Slow down, don’t panic.

Control the breathing.

Slowly breath in for 3 secs, hold it for 3 secs and breath out for 7 secs.  Repeat if necessary to restore the balance of gases and slow the breathing rate.

 

Content of Constant Flow BA Training?

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The content of the training we provide complies with the guidance offered in the above document to cover:

  • The selection of CF Escape BA and why it is needed.
  • The hazards, risks and effects of exposure.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of CF Escape BA and its limitations of use
  • How CF Escape BA works.
  • How to wear and check CF Escape BA correctly for Hire and Own Use sets.
  • The care and maintenance is requirements
  • How to report/tackle any problems.
  • Employee and employer responsibilities.
  • Use and misuse of CF Escape BA. Things that can go wrong and how to rectify

Full details of the training course are available on the CF Escape BA Course Page.

Who is going to deliver your Constant Flow BA Training?

Training in the use escape breathing apparatus should only be carried out by a competent trainer.

Competence in this case is defined as the combination of training, knowledge, skills, experience, attitude and the ability to deliver.  We are competent, qualified, certified trainers for the delivery of breathing apparatus training.  Our experience extends to not only training in the use of the equipment but also to extensive use of the equipment for all industry sectors.

Hopefully we have demonstrated a commitment to the delivery of a high standard of training by the quantity and quality of the evidence we have presented in this website. 

To find out how we can meet your needs at competitive cost please contact us for a quote.

If you find a training provider that is offering training content to the same standard as ourselves please let us know and we will match their price.  This 

Does Constant Flow BA Training need to be certified?

Training in the operation and use of escape breathing apparatus which is conducted during a confined space training course will not be given a specific certificate in relation to the BA set.

Completion of this “Stand Alone” training which covers a greater depth of training will be certified.

Is there a need for Constant Flow BA Refresher Training?

If the company own the sets then yes refresher training can and should be carried out to cover cleanliness and care.

Positive Pressure Escape BA Training  –  Introduction.

This training course has been designed for anyone who selects the equipment for use, wears or who might need to wear positive pressure escape breathing apparatus. 

Companies who use positive pressure escape BA either purchase or hire the equipment.  Training in the use of positive pressure escape breathing apparatus is normally conducted during a confined space course during:

Session 7-02 Escape Breathing Apparatus & Oxygen re-breathers.
Session 9-05  Don & doff Escape BA Facemasks
Session 9-06  Assemble, prepare and test a PP10 Escape BA
Session 9-15 Uncovenanted disconnection of a Lung Demand Valve

When purchased or hired there is no training provided.

The manufacturer states that the Dräger Saver PP was designed for use by trained personnel.

Positive Pressure Escape BA - Questions.

Why use Positive Pressure Escape BA?

Positive Pressure escape breathing apparatus is designed for:

  • Ease of use by trained persons 
  • Should only be worn by people who are
  • clean shaven
  • Arduous escape where the air consumption rate may exceed 40lts/min

Other advantages are that provided that the initial select includes attachments then;

  • Used with other breathing apparatus equipment 
  • Emergency rescue as the mask is compatible with other rescue equipment

10mins or 15mins. Which set to use will be determined by the escape distance, route to be travelled (do you have to climb ladder ie one person at a time)  This should be determined as part of the safe system of work to ensure compliance with the need for adequate emergency arrangements.

Can we use Positive Pressure escape BA for work?

If there is a need to enter any place where the atmosphere has been assessed as dangerous then use only the appropriate equipment.  Positive Pressure escape breathing apparatus is totally unsuitable for the job.

Positive pressure escape breathing apparatus is for escape purposes only where the duration of the equipment (10 or 15 mins) has been calculated on the assumed average air consumption rate of 40lts/min.  

Performing work whilst wearing breathing apparatus could invariably lead to an increased consumption rate therefore significantly reducing the duration of the set.  Without an accurate pressure gauge the wearer will be unable to determine the remaining pressure.  Unlike a working set there is no low pressure warning whistle fitted or any degree of inbuilt safety margin.  

In the event that something should go wrong then the wearer has no emergency air supply nor any fall back or emergency strategy.   If someone has entered a hazardous area to do work using escape BA then I must assume that adequate emergency arrangements have not been put in place.  

Do not use escape breathing apparatus for entry purposes, do not even consider it even for small quick jobs.  Some toxic gases even the smallest concentrations could be one breath death.

Can we use Positive Pressure Escape BA to carry out rescues?

Positive pressure escape breathing apparatus is for self rescue purposes only.  Do not even contemplate the use of this equipment to carry out rescues.

Self rescue escape breathing apparatus is not designed for and is totally unsuitable for use as rescue equipment. The carrying, dragging or turning of a person, over even the shortest distance, will lead to an increased demand for air greater than the 40lts/min maximum supply.  The lung demand valve will certainly supply it but the duration of the set to enable successful completion of the rescue will be seriously compromised. 

  • The duration of a 10min escape set has been calculated on the capacity of the cylinder divided by the average air consumption rate.
  • A 2litre cylinder charged to 200bar will have a capacity of 400lts of air.  
  • The average air consumption rate is 40lts/min therefore giving a notional duration of 10mins.  
  • If, due to hard work such as attempted rescue, the consumption rate of the wearer is increased to:
    • 50lts/min then the duration is decreased to 8mins.
    • 60lts/min then the duration is decreased to 6.6mins.
    • From my experience as a fire service instructor I have observed that it can take 1min to move 1 metre.  This of course depends on the circumstances and conditions.

No training company will ever advocate the use self contained escape breathing apparatus, no matter what the duration equipment, for rescue purposes.  

What can go wrong with Positive Pressure Escape BA?
Fault   Remedy

Insufficient air.

Cylinder recharged but failed to allow to cool and top up.

 

Check before use.  

Do not use if the needle is in the red.

Locking Pin failed to release.

Main cause is failure to connect the snaphook

 

Indicated by no flow on first breath.

Locate pin and pull it out.

Leak at the cylinder connector.

Failure to adequately tighten or sharp knock has loosened the connection

 

Once air is flowing under pressure it is impossible to tighten the cylinder connection.

Move away from the immediate danger air or to fresh air as soon as possible. To stop the escape the locking pin needs to be reinserted.

Can only be done by a trained person.

 

Leaking at the facemask before being donned.

Caused by failure to select no flow on the lung demand valve when the set was packed or accidental selection of positive pressure by pressing down on the packed set.

 

Immediately select no flow on the lung demand valve by pressing the red button.

Ripped/torn head harness.

Pulling too hard or incorrectly

Failure to achieve seal

 

Put on and position facemask

Maintain seal using hand to push the facemask against the face.

Leave the danger area.

Badly located or missing inner ,mask.

Leads to misting of facemask

Build up of Carbon dioxide in mask.

 

Leave the danger area.

Lung demand valve becoming detached from the facemask when being worn.

Referred to as uncovenanted disconnection of the LDV

 

Carry out the UCD Procedure.

Hold breath, close eyes
Push red button. Stop the flow
Relocate LDV
Start breathing
Momentarily break seal to clear the mas
Leave the area. 

This would be an initial and refresher training requirement.

Content of Positive Pressure BA Training?

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The content of the training we provide complies with the guidance offered in the above document to cover:

  • The selection of PP Escape BA and why it is needed.
  • The hazards, risks and effects of exposure.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of PP Escape BA and its limitations of use
  • How PP Escape BA works.
  • How to wear and check PP Escape BA correctly for Hire and Own Use sets.
  • The care and maintenance requirements
  • How to report/tackle any problems.
  • Employee and employer responsibilities.
  • Use and misuse of PP Escape BA. Things that can go wrong and how to rectify

Full details of the training course are available on the PP Escape BA Course Page.

Who is going to deliver your Positive Pressure BA Training?

Training in the use escape breathing apparatus should only be carried out by a competent trainer.

We are experienced breathing apparatus trainers.

Does Positive Pressure BA Training need to be certified?

Training in the operation and use of escape breathing apparatus which is conducted during a confined space training course will not be given a specific certificate in relation to the BA set.

Completion of this “Stand Alone” training which covers a greater depth of training will be certified.

Is there a need for Positive Pressure BA Refresher Training?

If the company own the sets then yes refresher training can and should be carried out to cover cleanliness and care.

Refresher training should cover:

  • Donning and adjustment of facemask
  • UCD Procedure
  • Care and maintenance

Oxygen Re-Breather Training.

Oxygen Re-breather Training  –  Introduction.

Training in the use of this equipment is required for all users of this specialised equipment.

We use specially adapted training equipment to cover the required training content.

This is mainly practical training covering preparation for use, donning and wearing.

Oxygen Re-breather - Questions.

Why use Oxygen Re-breather equipment?

Oxygen re-breathers are used as escape breathing apparatus to provide longer duration esacpe times than those provided by self contained escape BA..

Content of Oxygen Re-breather Training?

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The content of the training we provide complies with the guidance offered in the above document to cover:

  • The selection of Oxygen Re-breather and why it is needed.
  • The hazards, risks and effects of exposure.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of Oxygen Re-breathers and their limitations of use
  • How Oxygen Re-breathers work.
  • How to wear and check Oxygen Re-breathers correctly for use sets.
  • The care and maintenance requirements
  • How to report/tackle any problems.
  • Employee and employer responsibilities.
  • Use and misuse of Oxygen Re-breathers. Things that can go wrong and how to rectify

Full details of the training course are available on the Oxygen Re-breather Course Page.

Does Oxygen Re-breather Training need to be certified?

Training in the operation and use of oxygen re-breathers which is conducted during a confined space training course will not be given a specific certificate in relation to the equipment.

Completion of this “Stand Alone” training which covers a greater depth of training will be certified.

Who delivers Oxygen Re-breather Training?

Training in the use of oxygen re-breathers should only be carried out by a competent trainer.

We are experienced breathing apparatus trainers.

Is there a need for Oxygen Re-breather Refresher Training?

Company decision.

Limited need.

Refresher training can only be carried out by companies that have training sets.

Full Duration or Working Breathing Apparatus Training.

Full Duration BA Training  –  Introduction

Full duration breathing apparatus training will be required by all persons required to use it. 

The training will concentrate on the testing and practical operation of the equipment.

Practical operation will include:

  • Testing over the range of tests as specified by the manufacturer
  • Familiarisation exercise
  • Wearing exercises to include varied working conditions to highlight the rates of air consumption
  • The use of ancillaries such a Distress Signal Units for automatic and manual operation
  • Emergency equipment and procedures.

Full Duration BA - Questions.

Content of Full Duration BA Training?

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The content of the training we provide complies with the guidance offered in the above document to cover:

  • The selection of Full Duration Breathing Apparatus and why it is needed.
  • The hazards, risks and effects of exposure.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of Full Duration Breathing Apparatus and its limitations of use
  • How Full Duration Breathing Apparatus works.
  • How to wear and check Full Duration Breathing Apparatus correctly for use
  • The care and maintenance requirements
  • How to report/tackle any problems.
  • Employee and employer responsibilities.
  • Use and misuse of Full Duration Breathing Apparatus. Things that can go wrong and how to rectify

Full details of the training course are available on the Full Duration BA Course Page.

Does Full Duration BA Training need to be certified?

Training in the operation and use of full duration breathing apparatus which is conducted during high risk confined space training course will not be given a specific certificate in relation to the equipment.

Completion of this “Stand Alone” training which covers a greater depth of training will be certified.

 

Who delivers Full Duration BA Training?

Training in the use of full duration BA should only be carried out by a competent trainer.

We are experienced breathing apparatus trainers.

 

Is there a need for Full Duration BA Refresher Training?

If you are able to do regular continuation training using he equipment and are supervised by a competent person then the need for refresher training for each individual will be determined by the employer.

Were there is no regular continuation training or use of the equipment it would be highly recommended that refresher training especially in donning and adjustment of facemasks be undertaken.

 

Supplied Air Respirator Training.

Supplied Air Respirator Training  –  Introduction.

Supplied air respirator  training should be specific to the equipment used.  

This may be hired or owned.

Please contact us by providing details of the equipment you use or intend to use and we will design a training package that meets your needs.

 

Supplied Air Respirators - Questions.

Content of Supplied Air Respirator Training?

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The content of the training we provide complies with the guidance offered in the above document to cover:

  • The selection of Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment and why it is needed.
  • The hazards, risks and effects of exposure.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment and its limitations of use
  • How Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment works.
  • How to wear and check Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment correctly for use
  • The care and maintenance requirements
  • How to report/tackle any problems.
  • Employee and employer responsibilities.
  • Use and misuse of Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment. Things that can go wrong and how to rectify

Full details of the training course are available on the Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment Course Page.

Breathing Apparatus Airline Equipment Training.

Breathing Apparatus Airline equipment can be used:

  • As “Stand Alone ” equipment in that the wearer is directly connected solely to the air supply
  • In conjunction with escape BA sets such as the Drager Colt or Dager Saver PP fitted with secondary connector.
  • In conjunction with full duration BA by utilising an Automatic Switch over Valve.
  • We provide training to cover all of the above conditions of use. Depending on the intended use we will design and deliver specific training not only in the operation and sue but also in the required control or safety procedures.

BA Airline Equipment - Questions.

Content of BA Airline Equipment Training?

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The content of the training we provide complies with the guidance offered in the above document to cover:

  • The selection of Breathing Apparatus Airline equipment and why it is needed.
  • The hazards, risks and effects of exposure.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of Supplied Breathing Apparatus Airline equipment and its limitations of use
  • How Breathing Apparatus Airlineequipment works.
  • How to wear and check Supplied Air Respiratory Protection equipment correctly for use
  • The care and maintenance requirements
  • How to report/tackle any problems.
  • Employee and employer responsibilities.
  • Use and misuse of Breathing Apparatus Airlineequipment. Things that can go wrong and how to rectify

Full details of the training course are available on the Breathing Apparatus Airlineequipment Course Page.

Breathing Apparatus Control Procedures Training.

Breathing Apparatus Control Procedures are safety procedures designed to ensure the safety of BA wearers by:

  • Determining their cylinder pressure
  • Calculating their working duration
  • Recording the time they entered the danger area
  • Identifying the time they should safely leave the place of danger to return to a point of ultimate safety
  • Identify the work being done and its effect on the wearers breathing rate
  • Identify the location and distance from the entry point
  • Have emergency procedures in place

This training is normally delivered in conjunction with Full Duration Breating Apparatus training.BA Control procedures can be delivered as a “Stand Alone” training for Refresher training.

BA Control Procedures - Questions.

Content of BA Control Procedures Training?

Breathing Apparatus Control Procedures are safety procedures designed to ensure the safety of BA wearers by:

  • Determining their cylinder pressure
  • Calculating their working duration
  • Recording the time they entered the danger area
  • Identifying the time they should safely leave the place of danger to return to a point of ultimate safety
  • Identify the work being done and its effect on the wearers breathing rate
  • Identify the location and distance from the entry point
  • Have emergency procedures in place

The contents of this training course will be tailored and be specific to the equipment in use and the companies policy and procedures.

Full details of the training course are available on the BA Entry Control Procedures Course Page.