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Proactive Gas Safety, training options during covid-19

29 June, 2020

Proactive Gas Safety, training options during Covid-19 As with many training organisations and businesses, all Proactive Gas Safety training activity ground to a sudden halt on 18th March 2020. The initial lockdown period was a shock to us all and it was a troubling time, thankfully all PGS staff and families have remained safe and …

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Thorough examination and Testing of Equipment during Covid-19

11 April, 2020

The HSE have issued advice to companies who have plant & equipment which requires Thorough Examination and Testing (TE&T). Where a company has a duty to carry out TE&T, the HSE’s approach during the Covid-19 outbreak will be pragmatic. If it is not possible for a scheduled examination or inspection to take place, you should adopt a risk-based process to ascertain whether the equipment is safe to use. Regarding the operators of single cylinders, mobile oxy-fuel and cryogenic dewar operations, risk can minimised. Ensure equipment is subjected to thorough pre-use checks. Staff who have undertaken PGS training should know how […]

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Welding Fume Control

5 March, 2019

Safety Alert from the HSE The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen. This is because there is new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer. Therefore the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have strengthened their enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding. READ THE HSE SAFETY ALERT IN FULL Implications As there is no known level of safe exposure, HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken […]

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Safe Use of Single Gas Cylinders

14 November, 2018

Working safely with gas cylinders Whilst gas cylinders are common place in many working environments it is important not to become complacent about the potential hazards of such cylinders.  There are a number of safety issues that should be addressed to maintain a safe working environment. For example an average Argon cylinder weighs approximately 95kg, almost 4 times heavier than the recommended safe manual handling limit. A free standing gas cylinder poses a falling hazard and it is for this reason that cylinders should not be left unrestrained. Workers coming into contact with gas cylinders should be aware of the […]

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CP7 Gas Equipment Inspector courses in partnership with ESAB

20 June, 2018

PGS are delighted to partner with ESAB, to deliver Oxy-Fuel CP7 Gas Equipment Inspector courses “ESAB are highly respected within the welding industry and their inspector course has long been recognised as a leading training solution for gas inspectors.PGS are therefore delighted to be offered the opportunity, to take over the reins and deliver our CP7 Gas Equipment Inspector training in partnership with ESAB”Helen Brewin – Commercial Director, Proactive Gas Safety (PGS) Mobile Oxy-Fuel Gas Equipment Inspection from PGS A two-day course, specifically designed for those undertaking the inspection of Mobile Oxy-Fuel Gas Equipment in line with BCGA CP7, the […]

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Date marking of gas accessories

9 May, 2018

BCGA issue TIS 18 Revision 3: 2018 – Date marking of gas accessories Gas equipment will age and deteriorate over time, regardless of the external appearance, internal components such as rubber valves and seals will deteriorate from the time of manufacture. It is for this reason that regular equipment inspections are required. TS18 refers to components, such as pressure regulators, flashback arrestors, flexible hoses and blowpipes attached to mobile systems or gas control systems. For this type of accessory, manufacturers and / or suppliers will allocate a life for their accessory. Typically in the industrial gases industry this is 5 […]

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Flashback Arrestors Standard Update

8 May, 2018

Flashback Arrestors (FBA) Gas Welding Equipment Safety Devices incorporating a flame (flashback) arrestor BS EN 730-1:2002 has been replaced by BS EN ISO 5175-1:2017 Flashback Arrestors purchased from 2018 may now be seen with the new number ISO 5175-1 5 Year Life Replace Flashback Arrestors every 5 years or according to manufacturer’s recommendations Check the manufacturer’s date stamp or coding As with regulators not all manufacturers may date the Flashback Arrestors If the code is not present ascertain from purchase records or management whether the FBA is under 5 years old If in doubt replace Flashback Arrestor Before Use Checks […]

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Proactive Gas Safety on show…

18 April, 2018

The Health & Safety Event 2018 What an exciting week week for Proactive Gas Safety… Following on from the success of 2017’s stand, we exhibited again at the Health and Safety Event NEC from 10-12th April. It was great to meet and chat with safety professionals from the industry, meet up with familiar faces and reach exciting new contacts. As well as having the forum to talk about and answer questions about safe gas use, it presented us with an opportunity for us to understand some of the challenges our customers face. With so many issues arising under the H&S […]

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Compressed gases in an enclosed space

26 February, 2018

The management of risk when using compressed gases in enclosed workplaces. Guidance Note 11 – Revision 4: 2018 from the British Compressed Gases Association This publication provides guidance that can be used in the assessment of risk associated with gases in enclosed workplaces. To help identify where hazardous atmospheres may occur and to advise on control measures that may be appropriate. Guidance Note 11 – The management of risk when using gases in enclosed workplaces. Revision 4: 2018 can be downloaded free of charge from the British Compressed Gases Association PGS work closely with the BCGA to ensure our training […]

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Proactive Gas Safety, training options during covid-19

29 June, 2020

Proactive Gas Safety, training options during Covid-19 As with many training organisations and businesses, all Proactive Gas Safety training activity ground to a sudden halt on 18th March 2020. The initial lockdown period was a shock to us all and it was a troubling time, thankfully all PGS staff and families have remained safe and […]

Thorough examination and Testing of Equipment during Covid-19

11 April, 2020

The HSE have issued advice to companies who have plant & equipment which requires Thorough Examination and Testing (TE&T). Where a company has a duty to carry out TE&T, the HSE’s approach during the Covid-19 outbreak will be pragmatic. If it is not possible for a scheduled examination or inspection to take place, you should […]

New Course for 2020 – CP47 Single Cylinder Inspection Module

5 December, 2019

CP47 Single Cylinder Inspection Module Successful completion of this module will enable operators to carry out inspections on individual cylinders and mobile pressure equipment. BCGA CP47 states that it is essential that at least an annual inspection is carried out on individual portable or mobile pressure equipment. All delegates will receive instruction on the correct […]

Safety in the Workplace – The Human Factor

4 July, 2019

Safety in the Workplace – The Human Factor Human Factors can play a huge part in accidents and near misses within the workplace. When it comes to the safe use of compressed gases, effective training and the sharing of information play a crucial role in reducing risks caused by Human Factors. In the UK we […]

Welding Fume Control

5 March, 2019

Safety Alert from the HSE The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen. This is because there is new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer. […]

Safe Use of Single Gas Cylinders

14 November, 2018

Working safely with gas cylinders Whilst gas cylinders are common place in many working environments it is important not to become complacent about the potential hazards of such cylinders.  There are a number of safety issues that should be addressed to maintain a safe working environment. For example an average Argon cylinder weighs approximately 95kg, […]

CP7 Gas Equipment Inspector courses in partnership with ESAB

20 June, 2018

PGS are delighted to partner with ESAB, to deliver Oxy-Fuel CP7 Gas Equipment Inspector courses “ESAB are highly respected within the welding industry and their inspector course has long been recognised as a leading training solution for gas inspectors.PGS are therefore delighted to be offered the opportunity, to take over the reins and deliver our […]

Date marking of gas accessories

9 May, 2018

BCGA issue TIS 18 Revision 3: 2018 – Date marking of gas accessories Gas equipment will age and deteriorate over time, regardless of the external appearance, internal components such as rubber valves and seals will deteriorate from the time of manufacture. It is for this reason that regular equipment inspections are required. TS18 refers to […]

Flashback Arrestors Standard Update

8 May, 2018

Flashback Arrestors (FBA) Gas Welding Equipment Safety Devices incorporating a flame (flashback) arrestor BS EN 730-1:2002 has been replaced by BS EN ISO 5175-1:2017 Flashback Arrestors purchased from 2018 may now be seen with the new number ISO 5175-1 5 Year Life Replace Flashback Arrestors every 5 years or according to manufacturer’s recommendations Check the […]

Proactive Gas Safety on show…

18 April, 2018

The Health & Safety Event 2018 What an exciting week week for Proactive Gas Safety… Following on from the success of 2017’s stand, we exhibited again at the Health and Safety Event NEC from 10-12th April. It was great to meet and chat with safety professionals from the industry, meet up with familiar faces and […]

Compressed gases in an enclosed space

26 February, 2018

The management of risk when using compressed gases in enclosed workplaces. Guidance Note 11 – Revision 4: 2018 from the British Compressed Gases Association This publication provides guidance that can be used in the assessment of risk associated with gases in enclosed workplaces. To help identify where hazardous atmospheres may occur and to advise on […]

Gas Cylinders in Fires – Guidance from the BCGA

28 September, 2017

Gas Cylinders in Fires – What you Should Know Gas cylinders are designed to contain gases under pressure. However,  cylinders are at risk of failure and may rupture due to the combined effects of increasing pressure and weakening of the cylinder wall when exposed to extreme heat – therefore it is important that users understand […]

Gas Bottle Storage

10 July, 2017

The safe storage of gas cylinders is the starting point to working safely with compressed gases To assist in the day to day management of your gas store PGS have created ‘Know Your Stores’ available to download as a PDF and to purchase from our shop. For those tasked with the planning and construction of a […]

Helen’s Sahara Trek for St Luke’s Hospice

4 July, 2017

Helen’s Trek Sahara Challenge In October 2017 PGS commercial director Helen Brewin will take on a 50km Sahara Trek raising funds for our local hospice, St Luke’s in Winsford, Cheshire. Helen decided to take on the challenge in memory of her Dad who passed away last year.  In addition, Helen wanted to set herself a challenge in […]

Oxy-fuel gas safety training and practical cutting for the automotive industry.

10 November, 2016

Halfords Autocentres and PGS Training Oxy-fuel gas safety training and practical cutting for the automotive industry. Earlier this year PGS were delighted to win a contract to deliver training to 750+ Halfords Autocentre Colleagues. PGS were uniquely placed to deliver nationally accredited gas safety training for users of oxy-fuel gases (oxygen & acetylene) and equipment […]

Understanding regulator date codes

3 June, 2016

Regulator Date Codes In order to comply with best practice it is necessary to replace your pressure regulator at least 5 years after manufacture, or in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. Although manufacturers and suppliers of regulators are not required to date mark regulators many adopt the best practice of doing so. Various systems of date […]

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