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EA Technology has started running two-day sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) training and certification courses.

These will enable companies to comply with regulations on the safe handling of sulphur hexafluoride gas, commonly used to insulate HV switchgear.

The course is designed to satisfy the UK’s Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009, which stipulate that anyone who recovers SF6 from HV switchgear must enrol on an approved training course by 3 July this year, for the purposes of gaining a certificate from an approved certification body.

Personnel, including contractors, will only be allowed to recover the gas if they have attended an approved training course, passed an assessment set by an approved evaluation and certification body such as EA Technology, and been issued with a certificate of competence.

EA Technology’s courses are accredited by the IET and held at its training centre in Capenhurst, with places limited to 16 people per course, split into two groups of eight to ensure personal attention to delegates’ training and assessment needs.

The first day covers the theory and practice of handling SF6, using a range of equipment.

On the second day, delegates are assessed and issued with a certificate of competency and personal ID badge, each valid for four years in all EU states, together with digital copies of all their course material.

One-day courses without certification are also offered for managers and supervisors who are responsible for supervising the handling of SF6 by contractors as well as company personnel, and single-day refresher courses are available for people with previous SF6 handling experience who want to update their knowledge.

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