Gas Training

Courses

Safety, Health & Environment Awareness

The Gas SHEA course is designed for all persons involved in the operational activities of the gas industry who require access to sites, both permanent and temporary, including all levels of operatives, supervisors and management. A Utility SHEA (Gas) passport lasts for five years from the date of training.

The Utility SHEA (Gas) scheme comprises of eleven modules. The eight core modules are common to all utility industries and form the basis of health, safety and environmental law and practices. There are three modules that are specific to the gas industry which cover working on the network and above ground installations (AGI). All trainees will complete all modules. It is designed to provide on-site evidence that an individual has demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness. It is a passport scheme and does not indicate any level of technical competence or skilled expertise.


Course Duration 1 Day


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Safe Control of Operations

The Safe Control of Operations (SCO) Process and Procedure provides for a safe system of work on routine and non-routine operations on gas Networks.

The scheme covers all gas personnel involved in operational and/or minor works on the gas networks and certain types of meter installation.

There are 5 categories


SCO 1 & 2 - Competent Persons (ROs/Team Leaders)

SCO 1 & 2 - Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NROs supervisory level)

SCO 4 - Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NROs)

SCO 5 - Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (ROs)

SCO 4 & 5 - Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NROs)


Course Durations 1 - 3 Days


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Level 1 Certificate in Network Construction Operations (Assistant)

This qualification covers all aspects of the assistant's role in gas network construction. It was designed by industry and cover areas such as excavating, electrofusion welding, butt fusion welding, operating tools and machinery and installation, while maintaining safety standards.

It is for network operatives already employed on the gas distribution network, either directly with an asset owner or through an outsourced operations company

The qualification is achieved by on-site assessment and will include practical tasks and oral questioning.


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Level 2 Diploma in Network Construction Operations

This qualification covers all aspects of gas network construction. They were designed by industry and cover technical skills in areas such as excavating, electrofusion welding, operating tools and machinery and installation, while maintaining safety standards.

They are for network operatives and engineers already employed on the gas distribution network, either directly with an asset owner or through an outsourced operations company

The qualifications are achieved by on-site assessment and will include practical tasks and oral questioning.

There are 2 qualifications;

Service Laying

Main Laying

There are 3 pathways within each qualification;

- Self Lay

- Distribution

- Repair and Maintenance

Candidates must complete the pathway which is appropriate to their job role.


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Trench Support

The aim of this course is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills required to safely support excavations, up to 2.5 metres in depth, using timber and steel systems and identify hazards associated with work in deep excavations.

man installing trench support

On successful completion of the course, candidates will be awarded an SQA Level 2 Certificate in 'Gas Distribution - Trench Support Systems'

On completion of the course, delegates should be able to:

- Describe current safety regulations and requirements relating to support of excavations.

- Identify the characteristics of principle soil types and associated hazards.

- Recognize the hazards and implement control measures for those hazards.

- Carry out risk assessments on a deep excavation.

- Use basic tools and equipment for installing shoring.

- Install shoring systems using the correct method appropriate for different types of ground conditions

- Withdraw support systems in the correct sequence.

- Understand emergency procedures.

- Carry out the above tasks safely.


Course Duration 2½ Days


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Butt Fusion

man kneeling on the ground, testing electrical connections

Butt fusion welding is the name given to hot plate welding of thermoplastic pipes. It is one of two main techniques for the fusion joining of polyethylene gas and water pipe.

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills required to join polyethylene pipe safely using butt fusion techniques


Course Duration 1 Day


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Electrofusion

Electrofusion welding is the name given to resistive implant welding of thermoplastic pipes. It is one of two main techniques used for the joining of polyethylene gas and water pipes.

The electrofusion welding process involves the use of a moulded socket fitting containing an electrical resistive heating coil. The prepared pipe ends are inserted into the sockets and clamped. An electric current is then passed through the coil for a pre-set time.

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills required to join polyethylene pipe safely using electrofusion techniques


Course Duration 1 Day


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Fundamental Gas Safety

The aim of this course is to provide new entrants to the industry with the knowledge and skills required to work safely on the gas network.

On successful completion of the course, delegates can apply for an EUSR 'NCO Gas Trainee' card.

Course content;

- Gas SHEA

- Emergency First Aid at Work

- Manual Handling

- Fire Control

- Breathing Apparatus

- Gascoseeker

- Voltstick


Course Duration 3 Days


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