Frequently Asked Questions

Is it really true; anyone in the UK can carry out potentially hazardous tasks using gas cylinders without having to complete any training or be registered with any organisation?

YES! There is no direct provision under UK law that means people have to prove they know how to work safely with gas cylinders and associated equipment. There is no mandatory training requirement and no tests of competence.

So how do I know that a contractor uses staff who have been trained to work safely with gas cylinders?

Only use contractors that are members of the Gas Safety Passport scheme. Ensure that when the contractor arrives on site they can produce their valid personalised Gas Safety Passport card.

How do I check that a Gas Safety Passport card is valid?

If you are in doubt about the validity of a particular Gas Safety Passport card, please phone us during office hours on 01270 758890.

Gas SAfety PassportWho is the Gas Safety Passport scheme aimed at?

The Gas Safety Passport scheme is open to:

  • Companies that are contractors who provide staff to undertake work on other companies/organisations sites

  • Companies who engage contractors to undertake work on their behalf

If you are a contractor you should ensure that all individual employees who use gas cylinders for any purpose hold a current Gas Safety Passport card. This will give your clients piece of mind that they are engaging a respectable company that takes health and safety seriously.

If you are a company or organisation that is going to engage contractors to carry out any task that involves the use of gas cylinders, you should ensure that they are registered with www.gas-safety-passport.com. You should also ensure that when the individual(s) arrive at your site to commence work, they can produce their personalised valid Gas Safety Passport card.

What training does an individual receive?

In order to receive a Gas Safety Passport card an individual must successfully complete two stages of training, both provided by Gas Safe, the country’s leading provider of specialist gas safety training:

  • Gas safety awareness training. This theory-only training must be completed first. It can be studied in a traditional instructor-led classroom environment, or via e-learning over the internet. It provides all the essential safety information concerning the safe use, handling, storage and transport of the gases and equipment that a contractor will use.

  • Practical training. After successfully completing the safety awareness theory training, an individual receives hands-on practical training. This is conducted at the company’s premises and gives participants the chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice, learning how to safely set up gas cylinders and associated equipment.

A Gas Safety Passport remains valid for two years, at the end of which time the holder must successfully complete refresher training so the card can be renewed.

What assurances does the Gas Safety Passport give?

Whilst it is impossible to provide a cast iron guarantee that anyone or anything is completely safe, you can be assured that the holder of a valid Gas Safety Passport card has successfully completed both theory and practical training relating to the safe use of gas cylinders and associated equipment.

This training, combined with the individuals sign-off by their employer as being competent, means they know how to undertake work in a safe and controlled manner.

The fact that an individual must complete refresher training every two years provides further assurance that they are aware of the latest rules and regulations.

Don’t other passport schemes cover the safe use of gas cylinders and associated equipment?

No, they don’t. We have found that almost all of the existing safety passport schemes do not cover the safe use of gas cylinders and associated equipment at all. Those that do only mention it as a very small part of a broad scheme that covers many other topics and is designed to provide a “basic knowledge of Health & Safety”.

Furthermore, if for example a welder wishes to apply for a general basic Safety Passport, he or she is asked to provide evidence that they know how to weld. This is in no way a guarantee that the individual knows the properties, hazards and risks of the gases and processes being undertaken; it simply means they are a welder, i.e. they have passed a welding course, possibly many years ago at college, and may have been working in an unsafe manner even since.

We are contractors, all my employees are time-served, there is no need for your Gas Safety Passport card is there?

Yes, there is. We train several thousand individuals a year to use gas cylinders and associated equipment safely, a good majority of which are ‘experienced’ and ‘time-served’. Our evidence shows that these are the people who are most likely to have never received formal training before, who are working with poorly maintained and/or dangerous equipment, without Risk Assessments or Standard Operating Procedures for the work they do.

If your employees have never received any formal gas safety training, they are much more likely to be working in an unsafe manner than someone who has. Do you really want to send someone to a clients site who may not be working safely?

How do I get my staff trained so they can each have a Gas Safety Passport card?

Simply contact us; we will work with you to define the most cost effective and convenient way to provide the necessary training to your staff. We have training solutions to meet all budgets and timescales.

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