Oxygen, CO2, gas cylindersAnyone who works on gas installations should receive training on how to handle pressurised cylinders. Service technicians for air-conditioning or refrigeration-related equipment also need to know all about these types of cylinders. It is not only specialists who are obliged to be familiar with this subject - even a maintenance worker in a hospital must know the basics. If you use pressurised cylinders, you will need a licence to operate and fill these cylinders. A course to acquire this can be found at the ERGON staff development centre.

Scope of the course

Training in filling and handling pressure vessels consists of two parts. The first, theoretical, includes topics on fire regulations and occupational health and safety. Participants are introduced to the specifics of the individual gases, i.e. information on their physical and chemical properties, as well as general knowledge of the subject. In addition, we teach how to recognise markings on containers, which include warning labels or colour codes. An important topic is learning about the working and control operations performed when filling cylinders. Lastly, there are guidelines for tank construction. The second part of the course allows participants to get to know the equipment in practice. Participants deal with basic assembly and service operations under the supervision of an instructor. He, in turn, shows the trainees how to fill the system and how to operate the recovery station.

Examination and entitlement

After completing the course, participants must take a state examination. During this examination, examiners from the Office of Technical Inspection are present. Only by successfully passing the examination can a licence be obtained. They are valid indefinitely and therefore do not need to be renewed periodically. The cooperation of the training centre with the Technical Inspection Authority is a guarantee that the licence will be valid throughout the country. ERGON Personnel Training Center cooperates with the Office of Technical Inspection. We guarantee the legality and validity of qualification certificates. Also, we ensure that most people successfully pass the examination at our centre.

Why is it worth it?

The ERGON Personnel Improvement Centre conducts the course efficiently, so that participants are better prepared for the exam. Our instructors are people with many years of experience. In our classes we try to implement modern solutions and teach on new equipment. We guarantee that our training courses are interesting and that you will learn a lot from them. Once you have acquired your qualifications, you can put this on your CV. In the job market, this is a fully desirable skill, as cylinder filling is useful in many professions. Prospective employers are sure to look more favourably on your CV if you have this qualification on it. Importantly, good training ensures that you are properly safe when working with pressure vessels. In this way, you can avoid many bad situations that could even end tragically.

Who is the training for?

If you work professionally filling gases or operating portable pressure vessels, you should think about training first. This is an important issue that cannot be bypassed, as operating cylinders without a licence risks penalties in the event of an inspection. These are not the only people who need to undergo training. Even those operating paintball equipment are required to do so. In addition to them, firefighters and employees of spas and hospitals who handle gas cylinders should definitely take the course. Heat pump and refrigerator fitters and even those employed in the food industry are also required to do so. The last group of people who should take the training are divers and those who operate diving bases. Nonetheless, even if you do not belong to any of these groups of people but want to broaden your qualifications, you are also encouraged to become certified.

Tank filling

Let's clarify what you can actually fill once you've had your UDT training. A portable pressure vessel that has a volume of more than 350 cm3is subject to technical inspection. For this reason, it is necessary to acquire a licence in order to be able to operate such a cylinder without hindrance. The tank can be filled with liquefied, dissolved or compressed gases.

Gas groupNames of the gases
LiquefiedCarbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, natural gas, ammonia, fluorinated gases (HFCs, PFCs, SF6)
DissolvedOxygen (both medical and technical), nitrogen, air, noble gases (helium, argon)

For fluorinated gases, it is necessary to complete an additional course (f-gases). When the equipment is filled with this substance and needs to be emptied, you need to be qualified for both the pressure vessel and the f-gas. In addition, the cylinders can be filled with compressed air, hydrogen, nitrogen dioxide and various gas mixtures. It is worth noting that the group of cryogenic substances, i.e. highly cooled and liquefied gases, can also be handled with this qualification.

Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguisher courseWhen handling a fire extinguisher, one may wonder whether it too is such a portable container. A cylinder that contains a fixed pressure gas or carbon dioxide is considered a portable pressure vessel. In order to be able to fill fire extinguishers with a capacity of more than 350 cm3The certification, which is granted by the Office of Technical Inspection, is also required. For this reason, if you want to work as a fire extinguisher maintenance technician, we also encourage you to take the course!

You are cordially invited to sign up for training in filling and handling portable pressure vessels! We have a number of dates available at the ERGON Personnel Improvement Centre. We run courses in our branches, including Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice and Bielsko-Biała. It is also possible to come directly to the client's workplace - no matter what region of Poland it is! Training prices are really affordable, and discounts are possible for larger organised groups. Check out what we have to offer for you - feel free to contact us.

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