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HSE - Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances

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I-GAS Handbook Version 3

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BOAS Handbook Version 7

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HSE - Health and Safety Regulation... A Short Guide

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SAACKE Boilerhouse Log Book

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BOAS Fee Structure

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Emerson Energy Efficiency Guide

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Safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers

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BG01 boiler operation guidance comes into effect

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BOAS Fee Structure

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HSE - Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances

This Approved Code of Practice and guidance gives practical advice on the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations. It is for anyone who may have a duty under the regulations, including those who install, service, maintain or repair gas appliances and other gas fittings.

This fourth edition has been refreshed and updated. It now includes guidance and ACOP on standards of training in safe gas installation. 

Approved Code of Practice 

This Code has been approved by the Health and Safety Executive, with the consent of the Secretary of State. It gives practical advice on how to comply with the law. If you follow the advice you will be doing enough to comply with the law in respect of those specific matters on which the Code gives advice. You must use alternative methods of those set out in the Code in order to comply with the law.

However, the Code has a special legal status. If you are prosecuted for breach of heath and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the Code, you will need to show that you have complied with the law in some other way or a Court will find you at fault.

This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and Safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance. 

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I-GAS Handbook Version 3

The I-GAS scheme has been designed to take operatives who may be relatively new to the gas industry or already experienced gas operatives through five levels of Industrial Gas qualifications as described below.

Level 1 - Industrial Gas Portfolio
Introduction to the requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998

Level 2 - Industrial Gas Maintenance
Maintenance operatives working outside the scope of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 

Level 3 - Industrial Gas Technician
Technicians working outside the scope of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 

Level 4 - Industrial Gas Engineer
Engineers working outside the scope of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 

Level 5 - Industrial Gas Designer
Designers working outside the scope of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998

For further information on the 5 Levels of I-GAS See the I-GAS Structure - 
I-GAS_structure_v11_160725.pdf

 

To apply for this course or for further information please contact the CEA directly on 01740 625538 of info@cea.org.uk

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BOAS Handbook Version 7

This handbook is designed to allow Training Providers and Candidates alike to understand the rules that have been developed. In order to successfully administer the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) for both Operators and Managers of Industrial Hot Water and Steam Boiler plant.

From V1 through to V7 the syllabus has not changed to any great degree.  All aspects of operation are covered in the syllabus, so that each Training Provider will be delivering the training to the CEA syllabus. 

There has been confusion in the past with candidates thinking that the BOAS accreditation was, in fact, all that they would need in terms of training. However, to be accepted on a BOAS course there are prerequisits the candidate must have completed prior to joining the BOAS course; the Training Provider will specify these to you when you enquire about the course. Information and proof of prerequisites must be provided to the Training Provider.

Please note that the BOAS accreditation is likened to taking your driving test, everything you have been taught prior to the course and the experience of running boiler plant, is the equivalent to taking the lessons leading to your driving test.

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HSE - Health and Safety Regulation... A Short Guide

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) conducted a review of health and safety regulations in 1994. It fond that people were confused about the differences between:

  • Guidance
  • Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs)
  • Regulations
and how they relate to each other. 
 
This document aims to explain how each fits in. It is for employers and self-employed people but will be a lot of interest to anyone who wants to know how health and safety law is meant to work. 

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SAACKE Boilerhouse Log Book

This log book has been designed for use with a typical steam shell boiler installation with modern controls and equipment. The day per page layout of this log book is to be filled in with the information listed in the tables as applicable and any other information that the trained boiler operator feels is necessary to record in addition to any other noteworthy observations, faults and incidents.

HSE Guidance note BG01 lists information on record keeping in section 8 (BOILER OPERATION). This book has been designed to closely follow the best practice guides and recommendations laid out in BG01 and INDG436 however, it is the responsibility of the Owner/User on the site to ensure that all records are being recorded correctly. For this reason, on completion of a week’s records and operations log, a responsible person must countersign the weekly summary page along with the trained boiler operator.

The day per page layout of this log book has been designed for operation with a ‘Typical Arrangement №2’ installation as listed in BG01. Arrangement №2 is predominately the most common controls arrangement in the UK at present. Should your site still fall within the remit of an Arrangement №1 installation (low integrity water level controls mounted in external chambers), more frequent testing of limiters is required. This will need to be recorded in the ROUTINE OPERATIONS COMPLETED section of the daily log.

ALL tests and records must be completed and recorded by a trained boiler operator. Untrained staff should not work in the boiler-house. For training information and quotations please contact our Head Office in Havant.

Price: £75 inc VAT and P&P direct from SAACKE Spares dept. Please contact SAACKE on: 02392 333814 to enquire. 

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BOAS Fee Structure

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Emerson Energy Efficiency Guide

The EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2011/172 (referred to as the EED) came into force in November 2012 and will be rolled out across EU Member States through July 2014.  The key requirement relevant to the process Industry sector is the encouragement to implement energy efficiency improvements, for which there are two fundamental elements:

  1. Undergo regular energy performance audits by externally accredited auditors
  2. Demonstrate energy saving programs

Minimum requirements are specified in the EED to form the basis for Member States to develop their legislation and local standards. The Emerson Sustainable Energy Efficiency user guide has been expressly developed with the EED standards in mind and is designed to present a best practice methodology for process industry users which is consistent with and more than meets the requirements of the EED.

http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-us/industries/industrialenergy/pages/eeduserguide.aspx

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Safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers

Accidents involving exploding boilers have killed people, damaged plant and affected production. These accidents resulted from problems such as inadequately designed boilers, wrongly sited or wrongly installed boilers as well as boilers that were not correctly operated or maintained.

As the manager of a workplace, you have a duty to manage the risks associated with that workplace. If there is a boiler installation on your premises, you must ensure it remains safe.

An efficient, reliable boiler is an essential requirement for many businesses, and the downtime caused by a failed boiler can have a major effect on production, plant and people.

Dave Kilpatrick from the CEA Said:

The word ‘boiler’, in everyday use, covers a wide range of equipment, from simple domestic hot water boilers to boilers housed within a power generation plant
to convert fossil fuel to electricity. Generally, domestic hot water boilers do not produce steam and should operate at low pressure. While some combination boilers now operate at the pressure of the incoming cold water mains, this is still far below the normal operating pressure of steam-raising boilers.

This leaflet applies to steam and high temperature hot water boiler plant (operating above 0.5 bar pressure and a temperature of 110 °C). It describes a process which you, as a manager, can apply to assess if your boiler installation can continue to be operated safely. 

Download the HSE guide from this section or click on this link to access via the web

 

 

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BG01 boiler operation guidance comes into effect

Guidance on the Safe Operation of Boilers (BG01), compiled by the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA), the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), replaces the PM5 and PSG2 guidance notes from the HSE and SAFed respectively.

BG01 provides boiler operators and managers with up-to-date advice on boiler control technology and runs in parallel with the HSE’s Safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers (INDG436). It gives specific advice about how to achieve the safety standards laid out in the HSE document. 

BG01 takes into account evolving control technology, such as remote monitoring, not covered by the previous documents. It advises on a wide range of control options and recommends that personnel receive adequate training to perform their job safely and competently. BG01 recommends that operators and managers achieve the national industry standards through the following qualifications:

Certified Industrial Boiler Operator (CertIBO) for operators.

Diploma in Boiler Plant Operation Management (DipBOM) for managers.

 

Both qualifications are part of the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS). 

CEA currently have eight approved training providers who can deliver this training and offer a four or five-day BOAS-accredited course for boiler operators and managers that provides the necessary qualifications to cover participants for five years, after which a refresher is required.

While not a legal requirement, operating boiler plant in line with the latest advice demonstrates to regulators and insurers a strong commitment to adopting best practice through appropriately trained personnel.

 

NB. Please see the ACOP & guidance relevant to BG01 under the Resources and links tab 

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