BA Airline and Drager Colt configuration

BA Airline Course Introduction

Airlines are a means of providing breathing apparatus wearers with a constant supply of fresh air.  

The air is supplied from a bank of cylinders to the wearer at a pressure that will sustain a positive pressure in the facemask.

The cylinders are trolley mounted making them ideal for movement around site.  The air flow is controlled at the trolley with independent connections for each cylinder. The single air supply tubing is hosereel mounted but can be used to supply up to two wearers using a “Y” attachment as shown below. 

We use Drager airlines, like the one shown, for training using them as:

  • Stand Alone supply with the wearer attached to the airline.
  • Used with full duration or escape breathing apparatus.  These being used as a potential emergency supply.

BA Airline Course Design.

The BA Airline Course is designed and structured to fully comply with HSG53 Respiratory protective equipment at work  A practical guide.

The course is intended for anyone required to select, operate and use respiratory protection equipment supplied from a bank of cylinders.

This training is delivered as part of Confined Space Training Courses but is offered here as “Stand Alone” training for:

  1. Initial training
  2. Refresher training
  3. Qualification update from Medium Risk Confined Space to High Risk Confined Space

BA Airline Course Content

The course consists of three sections:

  1. Theory/Knowledge teaching session:
    • The factors to consider when selecting airline equipment.
    • The required tests for acceptance and pre-use checks covering Hire or Buy sets
    • Name and identify the component parts of the airline system
    • The function of each of the component parts
    • Recognise potential faults or dangerous occurrences during operation and use.
    • Identify corrective actions to take should faults occur.
  2. Practical instruction session:
    • Trainer to demonstrate:
      –  Connection/disconnection of “Y” pieces, Lung Demand Valves and other attachments
      –  Correct connection/disconnection of cylinders
      –  General test covering High Pressure leak test
      –  Correct and safe donning and adjustment of the hood 
      –  The effects of excessive breathing
      –  Operation of Low Pressure Warning Whistle
      –  Removal of hood 
      –  Care and maintenance of the escape BA set
    • Imitation and practice of all of the above by candidate.
  3. Practical Assessment session:
    • Wearing exercises under simulated emergency conditions.

BA Airline Course Pre-requisites


BA Airline Course Notes

  1. It is a legal requirement that all employees required to use BA Airline equipment receive training.
  2. The training detailed on this page is “generic” BA Airline training
  3. Training can be carried out at your premises provided suitable resources are available:
    • Sufficient space to accommodate course numbers
    • Space to use whiteboard, laptop and projector
    • External training area for practical training and exercises..
  4. We use Drager Airline, Drager Saver PP10min and  Drager PSS3000 equipment for training.
  5. We can design and deliver training for other manufacturers equipment.
  6. Specific training can be designed and delivered to meet your needs.
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Twin cylinder trolley airline.

BA Airline Course Venue

Training can be conducted at:

  • Fire Safety Trainer practical training premises.
    Details of these can be found on the contact page.
  • Your premises.  Please see the attached notes.
  • Other suitable agreed venues.

BA Airline Course Duration

2 hrs 

BA Airline Course Size

Maximum 8
Minimum 4

BA Airline Course Assessment

  • In house written tick box questionnaire
  • Practical assessment and recorded to our standards

BA Airline Course Qualification

  • Candidates will obtain our company certification of successful pass.
  • Certificates will be sent to the company and not to individual candidates and will be valid for 3 years.

BA Airline Course Refresher

Determined by Employer based on:

  • Perceived need
  • Change in equipment