Gas safety assured

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UPSKILLED: Facilitator of the Training, Tom Cole from the L.P.G Pacific Operations with the six gas fitters who completed Level One of the two-week training.

UPSKILLED: Facilitator of the Training, Tom Cole from the L.P.G Pacific Operations with the six gas fitters who completed Level One of the two-week training.

Six gas fitters completed Level One of a two-week training course held at the Origin Energy, Sogi, by a facilitator of the Pacific Operations.

Operations Support Manager of L.P.G Pacific Operations, Tom Cole, said the main focus of the training was to ensure that not only the staff are safe but also the customers.

“This course is a full intense two weeks course and it covers a lot. As you can see, the standard is a thick book,” he said.

“[And] what that standard tells us is what we have to do correctly and how to interpret how we are going to do it and that is why we have our course for two weeks because it’s both theory and practical.”

Mr. Cole said one of the biggest challenges is making sure that people understand that gas is a safe product.

“If we handle it correctly, it is a very safe product and it will always do the same thing given circumstances,” he said.

“And we need to make sure that everyone understands what they are expected to do with the product.

“Gas is a safe product and the challenge is getting that product knowledge across to everyone.”

He said there are two levels for the training and the first level focuses on safety and understanding the product.

“Level one training teaches all about safety in the gas industry and a lot of product knowledge and a lot of time is spent on knowledge because if they don’t have full understanding of the product, that they are dealing with it’s difficult to take it to the next level,” he said.

“From that we then learn about what is required to put it in gas lines and what size cylinders we need for installation and where we are going to place those cylinders.”

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